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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
3.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan remains an abstract artist at core, and the tricky structure of his spectacular Dunkirk is not far removed from the games played in his science-fiction blockbusters Inception and Interstellar.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
1.5/5 11% The Black Prince (2017) This is one of those cases where the material behind a film turns out to be much more interesting than the film itself.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) The film feels more like an indie art film than a generic shocker.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/5 100% Chicken People (2016) The trick is in the tone, which is amused but not derisive, and in the understanding that a film about chickens needs to be a film about people first of all.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
1.5/5 18% The House (2017) Cohen and his team never figure out a way to address the paradox implicit in their title. Scott and Kate are battlers against the system, yet at the same time they are the system, directly profiting at the expense of their friends and neighbours.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2/5 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) At least Silverstone, who hasn't lost her gift for comic pouting, is allowed to bring some humanity and playfulness to her killjoy character -- though this mainly reinforces the impression that she deserves better roles.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
2/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Elsewhere, it's business as usual. Sparks fly, smoke drifts. Gleaming bodies, human and mechanical, loom over us, often set against pristine blue sky.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2.5/5 48% Rough Night (2017) The film could have worked if it had embraced the illicit fantasy at its core... But Aniello shies away, never finding a tone that would allow her to fuse edgy black comedy with the genre's mandatory celebration of female friendship.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/5 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Despicable Me 3 marks the point that TV shows typically get to around season seven, when the writers have run out of viable plot lines and have to fill the void with desperate, random invention.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2.5/5 16% All Eyez on Me (2017) While there are are striking moments throughout, there's also a great deal which is simply corny or laborious, such as most of the material about Shakur's dealings with record labels.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2.5/5 76% Ballerina (2016) 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 Jun 13, 2017
3/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) My Cousin Rachel belongs to Weisz, in a role that capitalises on her gift for showing multiple layers of emotion.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
1.5/5 15% The Mummy (2017) This latest remake or reboot (does anyone truly know the difference?) feels less alive than undead.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
2.5/5 19% Baywatch (2017) From scene to scene, it's never quite clear whether this Baywatch is paying tribute to its model or sending it up.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) What's best about the film can be summed up in two words: Gal Gadot.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) All this couldn't be further in spirit from the source material, where part of the point is that the "real" Tony remains a mystery, even or especially to himself.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3.5/5 46% Wilson (2017) [Wilson has] many funny lines and a cast full of first-rate character actors such as Margo Martindale and Judy Greer.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
1.5/5 29% 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 89% 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 28% 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 60% 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 17% 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 88% 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 80% 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 37% 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 45% 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 27% 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 10% 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 81% Patriots Day (2017) Much of this feels familiar or worse, especially the cringeworthy finale.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017