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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)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 11% Peppermint (2018) From a broader perspective, the film marks an intriguing new stage in Hollywood's ongoing effort to figure out what action movies about women (and aimed at them) should look like. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Like the very knowing writing, these visual pyrotechnics are underwritten by a sense of strain, as if someone somewhere were terrified of viewers losing interest. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/5 57% Second Act (2018) The film even has something to say, at least glancingly, about class prejudice in the real world, although in true Hollywood fashion the message is paradoxical. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2.5/5 26% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) Nobody operating on a low budget (roughly, anything less $100 million) has yet worked out how to make human figures look like anything but plastic dummies brought to unsettling half-life.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) There are many films that portray the writing life, but not many that can be accused of realism. Anybody contemplating a literary career should be sat down and forced to watch Marielle Heller's Can You Ever Forgive Me?‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 90% Lean on Pete (2018) This is a film that succeeds in holding all its elements in balance - and in doing so, arrives at a depth of feeling that isn't commonplace at all.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
1.5/5 79% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) The result is a novelty item without much in the way of novelty, at least for anyone old enough to recognise the sources. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The movie is at its best in the exchanges between Redford and Sissy Spacek as Jewel.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
97% If.... (1968) Making his debut in the lead role, Malcolm McDowell displays the charisma he would bring to A Clockwork Orange...and the ending still packs a punch.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
48% Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Irvin Kerschner's stylish 1978 paranormal thriller has a premise ahead of its time.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
90% In the Mood for Love (2001) The settings are wilfully drab - narrow corridors, cramped apartments - yet the fragmentary, richly coloured images are dazzling. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
83% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2018) Rada Jude's behind-the-scenes drama tackles the charged subject of historical atrocity at one remove, with the grim wit that is a hallmark of recent Romanian cinema. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
100% Mary Poppins (1964) As the magical nanny who turns life upside down for her charges in Edwardian England, Julie Andrews maintains a stiff upper lip that dries out some of the Disney schmaltz. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
86% Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre) (1965) Less fantastical than much of Luis Bunuel's work, this 1964 adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel demonstrates that realism and surrealism aren't the polar opposites some might think.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
81% I Confess (1952) For a believing Christian, thoughts can be as sinful as deeds...This powerful 1953 melodrama makes the point in an explicitly religious context.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 100% Penguin Highway (2018) For viewers of Aoyama's age this could be a film that lingers in the mind for years to come, like the half-memory of a strange but pleasant dream.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 63% Suspiria (2018) Popular genres start to die the moment they become respectable and in that light, Luca Guadagnino's gory Suspiria is all the confirmation needed that the golden era of the splatter movie belongs to the past. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Paul Dano's intelligent, well-cast adaptation of Richard Ford's novel is a cut above most such literary coming-of-age stories, with Carey Mulligan outdoing herself as the mother.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
62% Dear Diary (Caro diario) (1994) An ideal introduction to Moretti's work, this 1993 pseudo-documentary is weightier than it appears, a symbolic autobiography rather than a literal one. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
89% McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Robert Altman's wintry 1971 anti-Western gives Warren Beatty one of his best roles as the doomed gambler McCabe: boastful, shy, foolish, altogether lovable.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% Strangers on a Train (1951) The upshot is a perfect Alfred Hitchcock thriller...with a ingenious plot taken from a Patricia Highsmith novel and a memorably seductive villain.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) In short, nothing Moore says should be taken as gospel - and yet his crass showmanship is in some ways an asset, especially when he approaches subjects that can hardly be discussed in decorous terms. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Charming (2018) The probable outcome is obvious, but so are the satirical possibilities, and the jokes hit more often than they miss.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/5 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Once all this starts coming together, Hunter Killer is absorbing, even if Marsh and his screenwriters never pretend to be half as interested in their characters as they are in the submarines. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 82% Ghost Stories (2018) It's a letdown to find that there's nothing at the bottom of a box of tricks which in themselves are not as clever as they could have been.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
57% Pig (The Pig) (2018) Wild satire isn't what we've been taught to expect from Iranian cinema, but Mani Haghighi...kicks off the restraints in this tale of a celebrated but blacklisted director.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
95% Halloween (1978) Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic has inspired a million imitations as well as sequels, but few that demonstrate so clearly that a disreputable genre movie can also be a pure, rigorous work of art. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
89% Stage Fright (1950) This 1950 thriller is minor only by the standards of genius.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Rather than having the camera move implacably down a fated path, [Carpenter] seems to be flexing his muscles along with his anti-hero, as if hoping to guarantee them both a place in the horror hall of fame.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) The film suffers from a certain superficiality, as if determined not to tell us more than the real-life David and Nic might have learnt. On a human level, this choice may be admirable, but it doesn't always lead to compelling drama.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
1.5/5 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) This lacklustre sequel to the 2015 hit Goosebumps hardly has enough jokes to qualify as a comedy, which leaves it stranded in the netherworld of near-horror, aimed at children supposedly not yet ready for the real thing.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Lorna Tucker's documentary portrait focuses equally on what happened afterwards, painting its subject as a committed activist, an artist with no time for convention or false modesty, and a personality worth spending time with.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
86% The Sound of Music (1965) It's totally schmaltzy and highly effective.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Fizzy, colourful and intricately plotted, this 2012 pop meta-fiction from The Simpsons' Rich Moore does for vintage arcade games what Who Framed Roger Rabbit did for the Golden Age of Animation.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
97% Rope (1948) This still underrated masterpiece is both a brilliant technical experiment and a perverse manifesto, with James Stewart in typically ambiguous form as the lads' intellectual mentor. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Cleaners (2018) The Cleaners is a riveting piece of work, prompting reflection on a whole range of big, urgent questions.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) All this encourages us to view the film as an abstract game, where the stakes never entirely become clear: even at the finale, Goddard seems unsure whether to lean into absurdism or horror. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
75% La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008) Keeping the viewer almost as much in the dark as the heroine, this 2008 puzzler from the talented Lucrecia Martel (Zama) is a challenge worth taking up. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
97% Breathless (1961) A hip, jokey thriller in which the sketchy plot serves as an excuse for stylistic flourishes and philosophical asides. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
99% North by Northwest (1959) Nearly getting killed never looked like so much fun.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
78% Artists and Models (1955) A masterpiece far ahead of its time.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Ultimately, there is something distasteful about this approach ― especially as the stylistic bravura seems calculated to leave minimal room for thought. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Harmony (2018) This amateurish local try at a fantasy for teenagers is a transparently bad movie, but bad in a disorientating, vaguely psychedelic way, obeying laws peculiarly its own.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
96% Zama (2018) Told in the typically oblique style of Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel, this adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto's novel is nonetheless a pointed fable about the futility of colonialism. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Cool Hand Luke (1967) The whole thing depends on Newman's blue eyes, easy grin, and ability to appear charismatic but never cocky.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
97% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) Typically for this team, the script champions individual rights over nationalist prejudices that endure beyond the grave.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% Spellbound (1945) Today this seems above all a forward-thinking portrait of a woman battling for authority in a man's world.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Ultimately, the film functions the same way these cartoons do, through exaggeration and metaphor. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2.5/5 29% Night School (2018) Haddish belongs to the ever-growing number of woman comics Hollywood doesn't quite know how to use; the vehicle that Paul Thomas Anderson reportedly has in mind for her can't come soon enough.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
100% Ghosthunter (2018) Truth, in this case, really does turn out to be stranger than fiction - and more troubling and fascinating to boot. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018