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

Recent activity

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  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

  • James Baldwin: From Another Place

    ★★½

  • Lou Reed & John Cale: Songs for Drella

    ★★★½

  • Kindertotenlieder

    ★★½

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  • 9to5: The Story of a Movement

    9to5: The Story of a Movement

    ★★★

    Labor activism defines 9to5, but isn’t necessarily what makes it engaging. Which poses the question, what does it have for the already converted audience? First, it’s a vital piece of previously unreported Boston history, correctly prioritizing specific details over generalized platitudes. Second, the editing’s clean and intuitive enough to pursue that piece of history across other regions and decades of time without losing sight of the specific people and particular motivations that started it off. And third are the interviews…

  • 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…

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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),…

  • 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...…