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Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson
Jake Wilson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia), Den of Geek

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 87% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) The film's realism extends to the dance sequences themselves, animated using footage of real dancers from the Opera-Ballet for reference. Perhaps for this reason, they're more technically impressive than truly thrilling. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) Monster Trucks has neither the gloss nor the tongue-in-cheek sensibility of, say, the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) There's an implicit tension between Ma's laid-back manner and the driven perfectionist we know he must be, but the film has limited scope to explore this, sticking as it does to a glossy, advertorial mode. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.5/5 100% Ship Of Theseus (2012) Ship of Theseus undoubtedly marks the arrival of an important talent in Indian cinema. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 9, 2017
2.5/5 32% Railroad Tigers (2017) These shifts in tone could have been interesting if deliberately used to throw us off balance, but Sheng seems to be hoping we won't notice anything amiss. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Films based on video games are often derided as hackwork -- but Assassin's Creed is the most daring film yet from the Australian director Justin Kurze. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 70% Sing (2016) Everyone has a lesson to learn or an obstacle to overcome, but Jennings keeps the tone high-spirited rather than snarky or preachy. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 28, 2016
2.5/5 40% Why Him? (2016) Why Him? has all the flaws you'd expect, from the non-existent visual style to the shortchanging of the women in the cast. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 28, 2016
2.5/5 94% Gimme Danger (2016) On balance, this is mostly for fans -- and even they may feel some of the mixed emotions that arise whenever a one-time rebel is ushered into the hall of fame. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/5 61% Allied (2016) For all the effort poured into period recreation, the world of the film remains abstract, bordering on fantasy. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/5 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch is justly revered as one of the fathers of modern independent American film, but his films have grown ever more wispy and self-congratulatory, Paterson, though artful in its way, is the most cloying of the lot. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/5 80% The Family Fang (2016) No masterpiece, certainly, but substantially more interesting than comparable productions such as Captain Fantastic. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
2/5 75% Trolls (2016) I was confident Nicholas Stoller's Storks would take the prize for most obnoxious family entertainment of the year, but Trolls -- another garish, computer-animated comedy -- instantly lowers the bar. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
1.5/5 18% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth instalment, has little to recommend it on any level. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 61% Allied (2016) This isn't a tension-filled tour-de-force, but it is a perfectly enjoyable couple of hours. Don't be expecting what the trailer sold you, that's all. ‐ Den of Geek
Posted Nov 21, 2016
2.5/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) [Ford] never seems in full control of either his convoluted form or his lurid content. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 88% Elle (2016) Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert), the heroine of Paul Verhoeven's terrific new thriller, Elle, is not a typical movie heroine. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2.5/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Sadly, Kendrick has little to do in the film's second half, which gets bogged down in a pointlessly complicated plot, much of it relayed in an especially clumsy flashback just before the climax. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) [Gibson's] willingness to boil characters down to archetypes gives him a naive strength as a visual storyteller. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The understated ending is downright touching -- which is not something I ever thought I'd say of a Cruise action sequel. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Enjoyable on a superficial level and attractively made, Café Society is not Woody Allen at his very best. As always, though, his sublime taste in music makes up for much of the lack-lustre screenplay ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Where am I Going? (Quo vado?) (2016) What's striking to an outsider is how the point of view evades simple labels of left and right. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) There are few ideas of any kind here, beyond the moral dilemma of whether it's worth wiping out large parts of humanity to save the planet - a question that has only one possible answer. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe (2016) Alternately moving and frustrating. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) If the version of the story we imagine for ourselves proves more interesting than the one on screen, that's not necessarily a complaint. Hawkins, at least, deserves credit for devising a game that lets us all play along. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Intriguing if not groundbreaking. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2/5 63% Storks (2016) Storks is short on charm, but it certainly has ideas, more than it can hope to keep track of. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2.5/5 91% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) To this viewer, too, The Red Turtle resembles a short film padded to feature length, and I confess that its 80 minutes felt very long. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The film is not boring. It's too likeable for that, resonating with echoes of good times gone by. But I hope they don't do it again. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 21, 2016
No Score Yet The Last Princess (2016) Much more of a soap opera than an art movie. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The Bridget Jones saga has always relied on a mix of humiliation comedy and Cinderella fantasy, and director Sharon Maguire and her team make little effort to update the formula ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 93% My Scientology Movie (2017) Much of this material has been canvassed elsewhere -- notably in Alex Gibney's recent documentary Going Clear -- and major revelations are few. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 85% Sully (2016) Clint Eastwood still has surprises in him. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) A more interesting version of the film would allow us to see him as either a flawed but noble hero or a deluded bully on an ego trip. But Ross is too in love with the character not to stack the deck in his favour. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) As entertainment, Blood Father is superior to many in its genre - and at less than 90 minutes, it's over before there's much time to consider what, if anything, the filmmakers might be trying to say. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3.5/5 82% Girl Asleep (2016) The only realism that matters here is the emotional kind, and while Myers and Whittet have a strong feeling for everyday teen humiliation, they're also willing to go deeper. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/5 66% Nerve (2016) The secret weapon of the film is cinematographer Michael Simmonds, who has a whole bag of tricks up his sleeve. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) This is one for horror diehards -- well-engineered, but not on a par with Jeremy Saulnier'​s grimy Green Room or Dan Trachtenberg'​s zany 10 Cloverfield Lane. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
66% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) In the absence of a plot, what remains is a series of repetitive scenes where he makes a fool of himself, unimaginatively staged with no real effort to make the supposed documentary format believable. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) The historical drama Free State of Jones isn't everything it might have been, but it tells a good story, and that's half the battle. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Like so many remakes, this one never answers the basic question of why this story was worth retelling in the first place. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/5 95% Tickled (2016) It would be unfair to spoil the surprises in David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's investigative documentary Tickled, but the premise should be enough to draw you in. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/5 61% High-Rise (2016) Collet-Serra seems as transfixed by the landscape as he is by Lively's presence, suggesting a continuity between humanity and the natural world. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) This is a film that tackles some big themes: religion, sex, ethnic conflict, the meaning of life and death. It's also a crude burlesque about talking food items who swear a lot more than they really need to. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Wildly tonally inconsistent, not to mention cluttered and poorly paced. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/5 60% Dough (2016) Give or take a handful of clumsy topical references, this is a film that could well have been made in the 1970s or '80s. Much of Goldschmidt's career has been in TV, and his old-fashioned technique is shaped by the requirements of the small screen. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) While Greengrass lacks the poetic flair of a director such as Michael Mann, he has his own assured, breathless style, characterised by rapid editing, flash pans and jolting zooms. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It would be optimistic to expect the franchise to venture into new conceptual territory at this point. As in the Abrams films, a vague pacifist message is undercut by the frenetic, bloodlessly violent action obligatory in modern Hollywood blockbusters. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2.5/5 76% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out would be a modest triumph if not for one near-fatal flaw, which it shares with much modern horror: the overblown, schlocky sound design, which blasts us with electronic noise whenever the ghost comes into view. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) While the dialogue doesn't labour the point, this is a film about women brought together by a shared intellectual passion, shrugging off the mostly male authority figures who try to put them in their place. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 12, 2016