Movie reviews of Jacob Richardson

These are all the movies and series that Jacob has reviewed. Read more at: Film Focus.

Number of movie reviews: 452 / 452

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A middling attempt at capturing a pivotal time in history, that wins when it gives the space for the victims’ stories to be told, but loses when the cliched hero worship of the reporters sings out. Review

6.0

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2022-11-14

2022

Big things come in small packages, and despite the low wattage and single-room setup of this piece, Mass is a tremendously written, fantastically acted and heartbreaking movie that muses on grief, forgiveness and moving on. Review

10

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2022-11-13

2022

Absurdist, entertaining and soul-searching, Triangle of Sadness is a worthy follow-up to Ruben Oestlund’s The Square, even if it doesn’t quite reach that film’s towering heights. Review

8.0

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2022-11-10

2022

Messy, overstuffed and without the same cohesive vision as the original, this sequel coasts by on memories of the first film, and touching tributes to Chadwick Boseman. Review

6.0

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2022-11-09

2022

The stunning landscape drone work on display here hides a dark underside to the Palawan forestry industry; but Delikado does a fantastic job of shining a spotlight on the heroes protecting this gorgeous environmental paradise. Review

8.0

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2022-11-04

2022

Malibu Crush does exactly that to the brief flashes of quality cinema mixed in amongst its otherwise chaotic energy. Review

4.0

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2022-11-02

2022

The conclusions drawn from James Gray’s Armageddon Time are perhaps a little trite and obvious, but you can’t deny the filmmaking talent on display, or the incredible turn from Anthony Hopkins. Review

8.0

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2022-11-01

2022

Gripping and visceral, while The Blue Caftan deals with soul-crushing content, it never wallows in it; instead giving us an uplifting, lovely and gritty tale of love in all its forms. Review

8.0

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2022-10-31

2022

Seriously Red isn’t serious at all, and that’s a good thing. There’s plenty of fun and laughs to be had here, but if you’re looking for deeper meaning or a film that sticks its landing, there’s something just not quite right about it. Review

6.0

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2022-10-31

2022

Unabashedly cute, heartwarming and lovely, the most shocking thing about this movie is just how potent and uplifting the story is. Review

8.0

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2022-10-31

2022

Heartwarming, easy fare about following your dreams, irrespective of other’s opinions. Review

6.0

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2022-10-31

2022

A gripping story about an important piece of New Zealand history, couched in a relatively entertaining actioner. Review

6.0

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2022-10-31

2022

This wickedly funny, beautifully shot tale of male friendship soured is a fitting addition to McDonagh’s already stacked oeuvre. Review

10

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2022-10-26

2022

Propulsive viewing that excites, enrages and intrigues, TAR is one of the best movies of all time - not least of which because of the towering, no holds barred performance from an absolutely magnetic Cate Blanchett. Review

10

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2022-10-26

2022

The Woman King is gorgeous, violent, eye-opening and start-to-finish thrill-a-minute entertaining. Review

8.0

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2022-10-26

2022

Bros is a fresh, funny and very witty comedy, despite being masked in the genre trappings of New York rom-coms. Review

8.0

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2022-10-26

2022

There’s a kernel of a fantastic movie here. But it’s like a small fishing boat, dwarfed by a surrounding ocean of mediocrity. Review

4.0

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2022-10-10

2022

Amsterdam is messy, sure. But it’s also a bloody fun time in the theater. The sort of murder mystery comedy that is as funny as it is weird. Review

8.0

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2022-10-10

2022

Don’t Worry Darling isn’t the trainwreck the dramatic press tour would have you imagine, but it is a film that starts incredibly strong, and decidedly unwinds with the third act twist that is frankly cheap, cliche and a bit gross. Review

6.0

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2022-09-27

2022

Ticket to Paradise never achieves anything close to paradise; it’s a serviceable piece, made so only because of the presence of Clooney and Roberts, but it does little with material that could have been the building blocks for something great. Review

4.0

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2022-09-18

2022

A throwback to easier movie times, The Perfect Dinner may be simple, but it’s nonetheless effective. Review

8.0

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2022-09-18

2022

Inventive and funny, Bodies Bodies Bodies is a fairly balanced political satire couched in a whodunnit thriller. Review

8.0

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2022-09-18

2022

The myriad of different films jam packed into The Retaliators are gelled together with blood, guts and body parts galore in this revenge horror. Review

6.0

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2022-09-09

2022

The spotlight is on the four legged friends of the most famous DC superheros in this animated adventure. Review

6.0

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2022-09-01

2022

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