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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
1.5/5 35% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Five films into the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the truth must be faced: the preening Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, is just not as charming as he used to be.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Basically this is a film about nothing, but you could also call it art for art's sake, with some of the most elegant action since the 1980s heyday of Walter Hill.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
1.5/5 27% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) A bewildering mix of solemn hokum and standard Ritchie laddishness.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Questions persist about the tone and approach.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
1.5/5 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) This remains a textbook example of what the website Snopes.com refers to as "glurge" -- the kind of gooey uplift associated with the novels of Nicholas Sparks and their film adaptations.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/5 18% Absolutely Anything (2017) The redeeming factor is the sheer, unabashed silliness.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
3.5/5 94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) [Fontaine] retains her knack for keeping the viewer guessing about what she might be up to‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/5 60% Bad Girl (2016) Like many low-budget Australian thrillers, Bad Girl feels both convoluted and undercooked, as if twists had to be manufactured to expand the script to feature length.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) If this new Guardians lacks the novelty of its predecessor it retains the unnerving edge of hysteria, with ever more frequent reminders that nearly all the protagonists have trauma in their past.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
1.5/5 46% Going in Style (2017) Originality is not the purpose of Going in Style, the kind of old-fashioned entertainment that gives old-fashioned entertainment a bad name.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/5 87% Their Finest (2017) In its modest, largely comic way, it paints an unusually convincing picture of how films are shaped by factors beyond the control of any one individual.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 79% Colossal (2017) The less you know about this funny, harrowing, surreally logical flight of fancy, the more effective the surprises will be.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
2.5/5 94% A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2016) A Silent Voice is oddly tranquil, lacking in the emotional force that is its supposed reason for being.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 100% Dance Academy: The Movie (2017) Strauss is a writer of real flair. A former teen dancer, she knows the milieu like the back of her hand and is not ashamed to take delight in an all-Aussie phrase like "pity pash".‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
1/5 16% CHIPS (2017) Taken purely on its own, Chips is a wretched attempt at an action comedy. I can only imagine how it looks to viewers with emotional investment in the source material‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2.5/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The series becomes more cosy with each instalment. We know that disputes within the team will be resolved in time for a final communal celebration, all but negating the original premise of thrillseekers leading reckless lives in proximity to death.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 100% Zach's Ceremony (2016) This is all great, resonant subject matter, and Zach's Ceremony is absorbing despite its lapses into syrupy lyricism and a certain lack of shape.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
1.5/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) What's missing is any trace of 1980s-style punk cynicism to underpin the pop playfulness; instead, there's a complacency which is death to humour.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Whatever I was expecting from the latest Smurf movie, it wasn't a sophisticated work of revisionist fan-fiction centred on the controversial figure of Smurfette.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3.5/5 89% Loving (2016) This could be the synopsis of a mediocre "inspirational" telemovie, but Nichols is a very deliberate artist, and Loving is as carefully made as anything he has done.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) What is clear is that The Boss Baby is a concept that doesn't work.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
3/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The film has an old-fashioned, studio-bound look, despite the reliance on digital effects.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/5 46% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) [Power Rangers] sets out to be all things to all viewers and winds up achieving considerably less than Josh Trank's unfairly maligned Fantastic Four movie did with a roughly similar plot.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/5 50% The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (2016) The best to be said for this tiresome exercise in magic realism is that it feels like a film the writer-director Cris Jones, an Australian making his first feature, may have needed to get out of his system.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3.5/5 80% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) Sally Aitken's new documentary leaves no doubt that Stratton has always been a man of intense feeling, even if this feeling is mediated through an obsessive relationship with cinema.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Taken as a straightforward adventure movie, it's enjoyable enough.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/5 72% Jasper Jones (2016) It's hard to say if there is a centre to a narrative that jumps from one subplot to another in the manner of a soap opera.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
1.5/5 28% Fist Fight (2017) It doesn't help that neither leading man is much of a comic force in his own right.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 100% The Family (2016) Even today, it seems, the Family lives on, and perhaps this film is not the last word on the matter. But for anyone haunted by this story, it is certainly a must-see.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) An odd mix of incompetence and ambition.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 50% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) This time round, though, there's more high-spirited whimsy than laugh-out-loud humour.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) For supposed trash, Fifty Shades Darker offers a fair amount to ponder.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2.5/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) Much of this feels familiar or worse, especially the cringeworthy finale.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3.5/5 35% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Part of the charm of these pulpy films lies in their lack of pretension, the way they rarely pause for breath.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/5 79% Leap! (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)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 32% 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/5 84% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
2.5/5 33% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/5 72% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
2.5/5 95% 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)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/5 60% Allied (2016) For all the effort poured into period recreation, the world of the film remains abstract, bordering on fantasy.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/5 95% 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)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/5 79% The Family Fang (2016) No masterpiece, certainly, but substantially more interesting than comparable productions such as Captain Fantastic.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
2/5 74% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
2.5/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) [Ford] never seems in full control of either his convoluted form or his lurid content.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 90% 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)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016