Jake Mulligan

Jake Mulligan

Film section editor at DigBoston, a weekly newspaper.

Favorite films

  • A Geisha
  • The Story of Adele H.
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Crossing Delancey

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  • F9

    ★★½

  • Below Dreams

    ★★½

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

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  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    Very perceptive at dramatizing moments where teenagers’ performances of masculinity and maturity inadvertently melt into something more fraught and real. Like when a study group suddenly gains a sexual undercurrent neither party knows how to deal with (Shen and Cheung are beautiful as two people who are both too anxious to start hooking up with each other), or when a fight at a house party gets a little too edgy for even the fighters involved. And the performances match that…

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★

    No Sudden Move’s script is by Ed Solomon, who deserves some credit despite having gone too far with the homage. His narrative establishes a diverse range of characters that each behave somewhat believably despite all being unwitting pawns within a reasonably complex plot that’s specific to an industry, a region, and a historical period—which is a minor feat, and it does play. Tying it all up, for better or worse, is the script’s very thematically unified vision of American life...…

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  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★★

    Something of a “shift film” (apologies to Park Lanes): it begins with an opening credit sequence laid over shots of Texas highways (a commute), then charts the workday at an independently operated faux-Hooters restaurant from open until close (followed by a coda). That opening preps you for the graceful whiplashes of Bujalski’s cinema—the titles play over upbeat country pop until the film smash-cuts to a person in a parking lot crying helplessly in their car. That is Lisa (Regina Hall),…

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★½

    During the first quarter of 2021 the only film that a major studio released exclusively to theaters was Nobody, where Bob Odenkirk's an ex-Blackwater type living life like a schnook with a wife and kids. His rock bottom comes when he makes an informed decision to defuse a robbery instead of Zahler'ing the intruders, so the rest depicts him reclaiming his manhood by killing a good 50 or so “bad guys," making Nobody a movie about the deep shame of…