Cambridge Day

Cambridge Day is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Allyson Johnson, Tom Meek
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 The White Tiger (2021) Tom Meek It's something of Slumdog Millionaire if infused by Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, haunting and brutal in its reveal by taking the ideal high life and status quo and turning it inside out with an uncompromising hand. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/4 Cool Hand Luke (1967) Tom Meek In my mind, the most defining role of Paul Newman's long, illustrious career, and one of the great antihero films told with cruel wit - a black comedy if ever there was one. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/4 Go/Don't Go (2020) Tom Meek In the end, it feels quite meta without any punch. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/4 Minor Premise (2020) Tom Meek It's a lot of smoke and mist, sometime moody and sometime overly manipulative. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
1.5/4 The Wake of Light (2019) Allyson Johnson Clearly inspired by the work of Terrence Malick, Director Renji Philip's "The Wake of Light" is little more than a highlight reel for some truly stunning cinematography. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/4 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Tom Meek It's a Day-Glo exposé of loneliness, desperation and hope in the green garden of paradise as the clock ticks down. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/4 The Marksman (2021) Tom Meek I'm not sure who's more tired, Liam Neeson playing another old war vet/cop/special-ops guy getting it up to beat the snot out of a bunch of rowdy upstarts or me, having to sit through another round of the same gummy mulch. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/4 Fingers (1978) Tom Meek ...it remains provocative... EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/4 Gorky Park (1983) Tom Meek A cast worth seeing no matter who's helming the project. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2.5/4 Wander Darkly (2020) Tom Meek The plot keeps folding in on itself. The answers might not be as sharp and smart as you'd like, but the disjointed trip there is worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
1.5/4 Tulsa (2020) Tom Meek Tulsa has an earnest heart and aim, but its blocky woodenness and didactic messaging are no reason to rejoice. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2.5/4 Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Tom Meek The technical accomplishments of the film in scope and FX is stunning by today's standards, especially the stunts done by Keaton sans a net or stunt double. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/4 A Vigilante (2018) Tom Meek Wilde is fine, but the film never scores its punches as it keeps packing more and more on... EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/4 Dear Comrades! (2020) Tom Meek Shot in stark black and white and with a somber tone, with sweeping events happening just off frame, the film would make a good double bill with The Painted Bird... EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/4 Happy Face (2018) Tom Meek Franchi's movement is not all upswing; it moves in some very dark and perverse ebbs... EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2.5/4 Outside the Wire (2021) Tom Meek Wire would be pure pap without its top-notch cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/4 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Tom Meek One of the zaniest serious goes I've seen in a while. I'm not sure if the film is done tongue-in-cheek or not, and it doesn't much matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
2.5/4 The Ringmaster (2019) Tom Meek It's an alluring minor train wreck to take in, and you can almost taste those amazing rings. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 Herself (2020) Tom Meek The film overall affects in slow, subtle ways, and should bring more attention to director and lead. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 Night of the Kings (2020) Tom Meek Philipe Lacôte's Ivory Coast prison movie is a prison movie unlike any other. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 Nighthawk (2019) Tom Meek What begins as a portrait of a remote village in Brazil gets increasingly dark as the lens is pulled back and the plot becomes increasingly gonzo... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/4 Soul (2020) Tom Meek A charming animated redemption story... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2/4 Fatale (2020) Tom Meek The issues of race and racism that get layered in slackly may lend a relevancy to the film, but without Swank, there's nothing to see here. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2.5/4 King of Knives (2020) Tom Meek The dark comedy by Jon Delgado may not be knife sharp, but it does make a cut. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2/4 We Can Be Heroes (2020) Tom Meek Totally hokey, with a 1970s Saturday morning vibe; a serviceable entertainment for the wee crowd, but likely a one-off watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2.5/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Tom Meek King layers in some telling non-Miami scenes that deepen the icons and their backstories, and the performers are impressive even though it feels like it would have greater resonance playing to a live audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Tom Meek Confusing and distracting for us in the know, and not compelling for those otherwise looking in. A waste of talent. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
4/4 The Painted Bird (2019) Tom Meek Perhaps the best film of 2020. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2.5/4 Blood From Stone (2020) Tom Meek You've felt this one course through your veins before, but Kapetanovic's fierce, self-indulgent marauder and Toth's confused but able heroine make for a compelling watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/4 The Dissident (2020) Tom Meek The deep-seeded backstory of the journalist, at one time in allegiance with the powerful prince that likely drove his demise, is a morality tale for 2021 and beyond. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Allyson Johnson The film's biggest message and its lack of genuine triumphs are crystal clear, if achingly depressing in addressing that for all the women who get their win, there are plenty of other victims who had to suffer to get us to this point. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) Tom Meek The film's big revelation is Zengel, who demonstrates broad emotional range and nuance in a role in which a language barrier and fits of tween angst are part of the package. She handles both with aplomb. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
2/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Tom Meek Patty Jenkins' highly anticipated and massively delayed (thanks, Covid) follow-up to her 2017 -Wonder Woman origin story is something of a letdown -- less lithe, less focused and somewhat gummy. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
2/4 Greenland (2020) Tom Meek Nothing that happens in Greenland is all that surprising, including the poor and shrewdly opportunist ways people react under pressure. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2/4 The Midnight Sky (2020) Tom Meek Clooney's game as a performer, but the plot's execution is as uninviting and stale as Earth's toxic atmosphere, and the special effects are 1970s cheesy with no retro charm. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/4 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Tom Meek Mara gives a compelling breakout performance as Lisbeth Salander, the goth punk cyber sleuth... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 I'm Your Woman (2020) Tom Meek Director Julia Hart keeps things clicking and has a great eye for the era. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 His House (2020) Tom Meek It doesn't quite stick it in the end, but it is a worthy, eerie sojourn. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 Crip Camp (2020) Tom Meek A frank and uplifting documentary... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2/4 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Tom Meek The muddled mess features idyllic scenery...and wastes Christopher Walken and John Hamm in small supporting roles. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 Let Them All Talk (2020) Tom Meek Sure, there's a lot of suppressed emotion seeping through strong performances, but the material and devices never quite seem to warrant the requisite outpouring. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Bullet Head (2017) Tom Meek Cujo for the new millennium? EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/4 Busman's Holiday (2020) Tom Meek The world tour keeps things clicking, and McShane remains in character throughout; but getting to the chase often feels like a coy, overwrought machination. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/4 The Prom (2020) Tom Meek The stars pop, but The Prom never gets to the core of the effect on the poor teen; Emma's emotional sojourn is lost in the sea of glitz... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Mayor (2020) Tom Meek An illuminating alternative view into a divided political hot zone where most people seek a foothold of normalcy - and an intriguing juxtaposition and follow-on view to Frederick Wiseman's City Hall... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan (2020) Tom Meek The film, directed by Julien Temple with fantastic animation by illustrator Ralph Steadman, delves into MacGowan's youth in an Irish village and the roots of his band's unique fusion of traditional Irish folk music and punk rock. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/4 Dear Santa (2020) Tom Meek Overall, nice is nice and it's empowering, but there's nothing really new under this tree. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Inheritance (2020) Tom Meek The provocative film explores race and the building's long history, including ties to the notorious MOVE raid in the 1980s. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Beats (2019) Tom Meek Macdonald and Ortega strike gold in their characters' bond, which is the true heart of the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3.5/4 Another Round (2020) Tom Meek The final 10 minutes of the film are unforgettable, uncannily ebullient and hauntingly disturbing. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020