Jonathon Wilson

Jonathon Wilson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Ready Steady Cut

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 100% A Secret Love (2020) It's a wholesome and lovely film and an undeniable crowd-pleaser well-suited to a streaming release - perhaps even more so than its planned debut at the canceled SXSW festival. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Rich in Love (2020) Some cultural specificity gives Rich in Love some texture, but not enough; it's a frivolous thing so imbalanced that it can't help but topple over into aimlessness. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 18% Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) You might remember Fernandez from such films as Netflix's utterly woeful Drive, but try not to think too much about that. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 97% The Half of It (2020) The Half of It, new today, seems like something of a remedy to that - an undeniably but not tokenistically progressive affair from writer-director Alice Wu about a queer love triangle in the small, simple town of Squahamish. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Somewhere in that earnest but misguided attempt to expose an American audience to the hairsprayed, sequinned pleasures of the competition, it also wants to tell an uplifting, sincere love story. In two tortuously long hours, it accomplishes neither. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 100% Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020) A faithful adaptation this is not, obviously, since there was really no way it could have been. But in the spirit of balls-to-the-wall crossover climaxes, this film makes quite a case for itself. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2.5 74% The Lodge (2020) If there's a reason to watch The Lodge, it's Keough, who resists the urge to go Full Collette in her depiction of spiraling despair. It's a controlled performance in a film that tries its very best to push her into hysteria. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
1.5/5 36% The Wrong Missy (2020) It's a weird year for movies, obviously, but in Tyler Spindel's new Netflix Original cringe-comedy The Wrong Missy, Lauren Lapkus pulls off what might be 2020's most impressive cinematic feat: She's somehow more annoying than David Spade. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2.5 41% Capone (2020) To what extent Capone is biographical or autobiographical is part of its ignoble appeal. It's the rare biopic that takes a prominent figure and chooses to hone in on the period of their life furthest from what led them to prominence in the first place. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2/5 65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) You know where all this is going - or perhaps you don't, I suppose, but you won't be particularly impressed when it gets there either way. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 100% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) While the film might occasionally feel its length, it boasts a strong sense of style, musicality, and vibrancy; its lived-in setting is observed by cinematographer Damian Garcia in interested long takes, the way one might study a rare species. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is a savvy and well-oiled work of genre craftsmanship that suggests great things in the future of Andrew Patterson. The next knock at his door won't be the Russians, but Hollywood coming a-calling. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Ponmagal Vandhal (2020) These things, though, are constantly at war with a screenplay (also by Fredrick) that can't help but succumb to its worst impulses, abandoning a focus on a heinous criminal case to instead get too twisty and turn-y for its own good. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2/5 70% 7500 (2020) But as much as it pains me to lean on such a fitting cliché, 7500 can't stick that landing. Eventually Vollrath wanders into distressingly melodramatic territory that sucks away any tension like the plane's windows had been shattered mid-flight. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
2/5 82% Debt Collectors (2020) Everyone else will have to put up with a surprisingly and disappointingly tame reunion for both French and Sue and Adkins and Johnson; ironically enough, what Debt Collectors fails to drum up is any kind of interest. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 95% Spelling the Dream (2020) We live in a time of global pandemics, reusable rockets, and unprecedented racial, cultural, and political division - but even among all the wacky weirdness of 2020, one thing remains constant: Indian Americans are better at spelling than you are. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Last Days of American Crime (2020) The Last Days of American Crime is somehow a worse film than all of those mentioned above; a gratingly self-serious litany of clichés against an uninteresting dystopian backdrop that sticks around for about two hours longer than it should. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 50% Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020) It's a solid story with the surety of Netflix's ample budget behind it, though, and it's also a story that was worth telling and will likely resonate with many. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet 365 Days (365 dni) (2020) It's only on the strength of its looking-good-naked leads and their palpable hot people chemistry that the film remains perversely watchable, though at two hours it's more an exercise in cinematic self-flagellation than high-trash entertainment. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 92% Be Water (2020) But the cynical are not the target audience of this exceptional biography, which takes a conventional format and imbues it with its subject's own philosophies as well as timely meditations on race, racism, and how they relate to the American story. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5 92% Dads (2020) The point, I suppose, is that these celebrities are just like us. Their kids are sick in their mouths! But they're not like us, not really, and seeing twinkly-eyed metaphors about fatherhood from A-listers doesn't make me feel any kinship with them. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
4/5 97% Disclosure (2020) It's the brazenness that gets you, at least after you've got over the sheer consistency of it. From small screen to large, trans people have and in large part continue to be treated with at best suspicion and at worst blatant antagonism. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
2.5/5 45% Feel the Beat (2020) It's in these kids and their bond that the film's heart resides. But the cuteness isn't enough to make up for a run-of-the-mill storyline and a thin script. Far from feeling the beat, what you'll mostly feel is that you've seen it all before. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
2/5 80% Lost Bullet (Balle Perdue) (2020) Lost Bullet, or Balle Perdue, falls into the latter category; it's a bland, thin, formulaic genre vehicle that sticks around just long enough to be grating before speeding off to an overlooked fate among Netflix's crowded thumbnails. - Ready Steady Cut EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020