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)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 97% Booksmart (2019) First, the good news: it's immediately clear that Wilde is a filmmaker by vocation... If anything, the film is polished to a fault: the marketing term "elevated genre," most frequently applied to horror, feels equally apt here. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/5 87% Crawl (2019) Crawl is not a good movie in any sense of the term. But... it lives up to its schlock promise -- delivering jokey shocks with a degree of expertise while retaining enough seeming naivety to let viewers have fun mocking its shortcomings. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 88% The Third Wife (2019) The Third Wife is more or less upfront about the element of sado-masochistic fantasy built into the scenario, oddly fused with the charm of a rural idyll. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The inspired Parasite can't precisely be labelled a comedy, a thriller, nor a socially conscious drama about the class divide in South Korea, although it contains elements of all three. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) If the film falls flat as horror, it succeeds little better as a symbolic coming-of-age story: the lesson imparted is about the importance of playing it safe. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) Inevitably, much of the thematic material feels sketched in rather than fully realised, though the sense of possibilities jostling against each other is part of the pleasure of this kind of genre cinema. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 offers a pleasant, innocuous 90 minutes of entertainment for children and to adults who moderate their expectations. Was it worth Illumination spending $US80 million dollars on? Possibly not, but then it isn't your money or mine. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) The uninspired approach of director F Gary Gray does nothing to mask the staleness of the formula. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) On a technical level, all this effort pays off, but there's little sense of an emotional investment to match the financial one. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Puoi baciare lo sposo) (2018) This is a film that runs on miracles -- where all conflicts are eventually smoothed over and all difficulties dispelled as if by the wave of a magic wand. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is not a major film, but it's a genuinely provocative one, a hand grenade tossed out into the pop culture arena. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 95% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) A film in which the personal and the political are intertwined, but in no straightforward way. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 65% Peterloo (2019) Crucial to Leigh's very British notion of democracy is a commitment to showing people as they really are -- or as he sees them, in all their knobbly imperfections. Crucial, too, is the fact that even an epic like Peterloo remains a film without heroes. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Is there is anything of substance to hang on to amid these endless reflections? What is undeniable, certainly, is Reeves' dedication to his role, which suggests the enthusiasm of a puppy wanting to please. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 35% Poms (2019) The usual kind of feelgood pap about characters learning to appreciate each other despite their differences and making the most of life while they still have it. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's yet another throwback, less to the 1990s heyday of Pokemon than to the 1980s heyday of Hollywood pop gimmickry. The main template appears to be Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, another zany mystery with a cast mingling humans and animated figures. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) If the film is a frankly unreal, wish-fulfilment fantasy, that very frankness gives it a certain edge. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) The film shares something of its hero's self-involvement. If you can accept that, however, Thunder Road is an impressive one-man-show. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) For young adults who have literally grown up with these movies, the experience may be emotionally overwhelming. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) This is the kind of film that all but demands a second viewing in order to appreciate the complex elegance of the design, assembled from details systematically calculated to lend themselves to more than one interpretation. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2.5/5 31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Creaking hinges, distant rattling, sudden flashes of light: these devices have been standard for many years, and they're unleashed once more in Michael Chaves' [The Curse of La Llorona], where they have their intended effect roughly half the time. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 18% Hellboy (2019) A decade on, this largely routine reboot from British director Neil Marshall...is no compensation for whatever we missed out on back then. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 46% Little (2019) For a bright and breezy commercial comedy, your present best bet is surely Little. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
1.5/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) A few hectic chase scenes aside, children will likely find the film both boring and upsetting, a deadly combination. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Routine in many respects, Pet Sematary is also a rarity -- a horror film which takes death seriously, as a natural phenomenon to be accepted and respected. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3.5/5 46% Dumbo (2019) The result is one of [Burton's] more personal recent films, with plenty of his characteristic touches and themes. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 94% Us (2019) For all its unevenness and confusion, cannot be dismissed. Something genuinely urgent seems to be happening, especially in the performances by Nyong'o and, to a lesser extent, Moss. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's a ramshackle movie at best, stuffed with cliches, cartoonish yet visually inert, a plea for non-conformity that never veers far from the commercial playbook. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 60% Greta (2019) [Huppert's] evident enjoyment of the part gives the film some redeeming entertainment value. But when you have a star who has played so many credible, everyday monsters, it seems a waste to turn her into a mere wicked witch. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) But unlike many show-off stylists, [Corbet] rarely becomes monotonous, thanks to his dedication to catching the audience off-guard. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Despite her cartoonishly expressive features, Alita remains a construct rather than a believable person. Salazar's line readings are on the flat side, but it's hard to blame her considering what she had to work with. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/5 49% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room is not anything to get terribly excited about. But where suspense is concerned, the premise works: even when the trajectory of the story is easy to predict, there's no knowing what may be hidden behind any specific locked door. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 38% Glass (2019) [Glass] will be best appreciated by audiences who value playfulness and imagination over restrictive notions of logic, plausibility and good taste. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) At best, though, Skate Kitchen is less about trying to get anywhere or make sense of anything than it is about the casual joy of being young, free and immersed in the moment. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) All the same, the film does bear a political subtext, if a slightly disconcerting one. The implication isn't that anyone can be a hero, but that some people are natural heroes while others are natural sidekicks. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
97% Pick of the Litter (2018) Viewers of all ages with a fondness for puppies will find it hard to resist. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
81% Instant Family (2018) Director Sean Anders...manages to maintain an upbeat tone without wholly glossing over some tricky, painful topics. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
71% The Funhouse (1981) [Tobe Hooper] shows both his range and his thematic consistency in this luscious, morbid 1981 fairytale. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
88% Love in the Afternoon (1957) A degree of sweetness and innocence is maintained despite some remarkably lewd jokes. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
97% Psycho (1960) A brilliant technical exercise, an intimate character study, and the ultimate variant on the premise "boy meets girl." - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Holmes and Watson is not for everybody, but if you want to see Ferrell off the leash this is the best opportunity in a long time. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Movies don't get more timely than Ralph Breaks the Internet - an exhilarating yet dismaying sequel to 2012's Wreck It Ralph, for my money easily the smartest and most endearing Disney animated feature of recent years. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) This is exactly what Kusama herself would wish: preserving her mystery isn't the worst way of doing her justice. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) While Bumblebee has evidently been designed as a film that adults and children can enjoy on different levels, this risks leaving both somewhat unsatisfied. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 12% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/5 46% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2.5/5 30% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 91% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018