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
3.5/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Tom Meek It's an emotional journey of two bound by society, but whose love knows no bounds. The final scene is a masterclass in acting and direction; no words are spoken, and it says everything. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Tom Meek It's passable entertainment on the superhero level, but another opportunity missed to revel in the zany gleeful madness of Harley. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/4 The Assistant (2019) Tom Meek The power dynamics of "The Assistant" are chilling. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Tom Meek If "The Gentlemen" had been about 15 to 20 minutes shorter it might have been a real rock-n-roller; as is, it's sharply slick and witty between bouts of overwrought machinations. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/4 John Henry (2020) Tom Meek The film, written and directed by first-timer Will Forbes, is notable for its social scope and ambition, but ultimately sags as it tries to do too much with the simple setup. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/4 Color Out of Space (2019) Tom Meek The film looks far more polished than its modest $6 million budget. it's not fully consistent or narratively clear, but it is a ghoulish pleasure to see [Nicolas] Cage ditch his ho-hum dad and dive into the lunatic fringe. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/4 Les misérables (2019) Allyson Johnson The film flows with the energy of an adrenaline rush, relenting only for a moment of false resolve that makes the gut punch that follows land with a feeling of incredible devastation. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/4 1917 (2019) Tom Meek What's most impressive about [Sam] Mendes' salute to valor is the seamless synergy of choreography, action and sound. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/4 American Dharma (2018) Tom Meek Throughout the film, which boasts a smart score and does a brilliant job of interweaving film and news clips with public opinion overlaid via the Twittersphere, [Errol] Morris affords his subject a long leash - perhaps too long. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
2.5/4 In Fabric (2018) Tom Meek "In Fabric" is a unique experience best taken in with logic left at the door. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Tom Meek What holds it all together, besides a fine ensemble peppered with a bevy of nonprofessionals, is the moody cinematography by Darius Khondji and Daniel Lopatin's edgy, retro score. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/4 Little Women (2019) Tom Meek [Greta] Gerwig, who scripted as well, adds a nuanced, feminist spin that renders a new essence while embracing [Louisa May] Alcott's work and classic context. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
2.5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Allyson Johnson Vexing and infuriating, and made all the more so by how stupefyingly stunning the entire picture is, "A Hidden Life" needed someone to pull the visionary behind the camera back from some of his more indulgent fantasies. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 Bombshell (2019) Tom Meek The high-wire act that "Bombshell" performs is its ability to humanize Ailes without letting him off the hook. [John] Lithgow should be given a medal for wallowing in such muck. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Tom Meek "Rise of Skywalker" feels more like a Disney theme park experience than an organic narrative. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Tom Meek It's a telling portrait of society's rush to judgment, and illuminating as that may be, the real pull of "Richard Jewell" is the evolving relationship between its wronged protagonist and his attorney. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Tom Meek ...chock full of maudlin eddies that should have been pared back. That said, Endgame gets the job done, passing the baton as it closes out a long-running chapter with some sentimental eye rubs. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/4 Knives and Skin (2019) Tom Meek The neon-infused work by cinematographer Christopher Rejano and saucy servings from the closet make Reeder's hodgepodge of shocking revelations-cum-feminist anthem a watchable something hanging between camp and cult. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/4 Knives Out (2019) Tom Meek The script by [Rian] Johnson does what it needs to,. with just the right amount of red herrings, plot twists and deft humor. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/4 Dark Waters (2019) Tom Meek "Dark Waters" catches its swell mostly from its impressive cast, namely Mark Ruffalo on point as Robert Bilot. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 Honey Boy (2019) Allyson Johnson "Honey Boy" is a triumph for all involved, starting with a screenplay that might've been overly indulgent, but in which [Shia] LaBeouf instead offers restraint. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 Waves (2019) Tom Meek [Sterling K.] Brown's prideful patriarch commands the screen so throughly that I can't imagine he's not in the Best Supporting Actor conversation come year end. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 The Report (2019) Tom Meek From top to bottom, the performances impress. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Tom Meek The whole saga - an American history lesson told wittily through the eyes of an amiable hitman strolling in the shadows of icons - grips and holds with fervor and sustained passion. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Tom Meek The race scenes and era are recreated impeccably, but "Ford v Ferrari" goes on a bit too long (two and a half hours) for its own good. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 Synonyms (2018) Allyson Johnson It's a beautiful, commanding character study by a director who keeps getting better with each new, challenging film. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Tom Meek "Jojo Rabbit" delivers a palpable human story that touches as we laugh and the world around explodes. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 Parasite (2019) Tom Meek By returning to familiar themes and family values, Bong has again latched on to the collective mindset with a touch and a tease of the outré. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 Midnight Traveler (2019) Tom Meek "Midnight Traveler" registers a moving illumination of the inimical challenges faced by those forcibly dislocated from their homeland, adrift on foreign soil and at the mercy of others. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Tom Meek "The Lighthouse" is a senses-riveting immersion, aurally awash in the sonorous sounds of the sea, the pelt of torrential rain and the soul-shaking roar of the title structure's bullhorn. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Tom Meek [Antonio] Banderas, so soulful and integral to the film, gives the performance of his career and should be rewarded for it come awards season. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/4 The Laundromat (2019) Tom Meek [Gary] Oldman, who won an Oscar last year for playing Churchill, gets to take a German accent out for a spin. For the most, he handles the curves nicely, but in the pit he lays it on a bit thick. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 First Love (2019) Tom Meek "First Love" may be a bit of a changeup, but all the twisted, dark wit is in there and served up with a wry, bloody smile. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 Joker (2019) Tom Meek The real reason Phillips' "Joker" succeeds is simple: Joaquin Phoenix makes the anti-antihero psycho-saga all his own. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Tom Meek It is a tad oversentimental at times, but overall a bittersweet pill that finds its mark effectively, and three-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner Renée Zellweger knocks it out of the park as the it girl whose star has faded. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 Ms. Purple (2019) Allyson Johnson "Ms. Purple" doesn't land every line, but the moments that do are tremendous in their ability to marry such a human subject with such larger-than-life theatrics. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Tom Meek It's not grand, but it does do what it does with dignity and grace. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) Tom Meek "Ad Astra" is like a 5 Hour Energy drink: a sharp, pure blast of wow, until you come down and it leaves you empty and wanting. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/4 Hustlers (2019) Tom Meek The real pull is the bond forged onscreen between [Constance] Wu, [Jennifer] Lopez and the others running the operation, but even that gets lost in the end. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Tom Meek Like the chained bird in Fabritius' painting, [John] Crowley's screen adaptation is hindered from taking flight - by its ambition, scope and eddies of emotional indifference. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 Ray & Liz (2018) Tom Meek The fact it's so autobiographical and steeped in neglect and emotional abuse only makes "Ray & Liz" all that much compelling (and hard) to drink in. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Tom Meek It's as slanted as a documentary can be, but earnest and from the heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 Aquarela (2018) Tom Meek The real power in "Aquarela" is [Victor] Kossakovsky's patiently observant cinematography, which captures some moments that even seem implausible - yet there they are. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Love, Antosha (2019) Allyson Johnson The documentary manages to invigorate because it's difficult not to be swept up in the enthusiasm [Anton] Yelchin had for life, but the note we're left on is almost unbearably bittersweet. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Old Boyfriends (1979) Tom Meek It's a meandering curio, driven by the enigma of what propels Dianne and the question of what is true and real, all underscored by an eerily aloof narration from a Diane some years down the line, voicing over with mordant lines plucked from diary entries. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Asher Luberto Director Gurinder Chadha marries the charm of "Sing Street" and the conversations-turned-musical-numbers of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," giving the tone an airy feel... it's the feel good film of the summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 The Nightingale (2018) Tom Meek The arc of "The Nightingale" essentially follows a pat revenge narrative, but the innovative [Jennifer] Kent once again shoots something masculine and familiar through a different lens. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 Piranhas (2019) Tom Meek To be certain, it crackles and sparks at points, but it never catches fire. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Netemo sametemo (2018) Allyson Johnson [Ryusuke] Hamaguchi possesses an eye for engrossing human interaction built on minute details in friendships. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Tom Meek It's a gonzo love letter to the movies that soars on the loyalty and friendship of two B-listers. Helter Skelter be damned. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019