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
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
3/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Tom Meek "The Art of Self Defense" is a stunning little film that comes at you like a well-placed sternum punch in a dark alleyway. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 The Lion King (2019) Tom Meek This "King" is a serviceable curio along the lines of John Cameron's "Avatar" that will draw ire and admiration simply because of its bleeding edge technology. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Tom Meek [Nick] Broomfield too tries to layer in his appreciation for [Marianne] Ihlen, even capturing her last, infirm moments, which, because of the remote presence of [Leonard] Cohen, come off more as a liberating fist pump than sad, agonizing whimper. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/4 The Farewell (2019) Tom Meek "The Farewell" unfurls a bittersweet emotional journey buoyed by the complicated matter of identity that confronts many immigrants and first-gens when returning "home." EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 Wild Rose (2018) Allyson Johnson Rough around the edges it might be, like its heroine, but "Wild Rose" is a song worth listening to. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 The Third Wife (2018) Tom Meek [Ash] Mayfair crafts a composition that feels masterful beyond her slim CV in emotional complexity, plot and orchestration. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) Tom Meek (Ari) Aster has again put a fresh and gory bow on a genre that we know too well. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
3/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Tom Meek "Under the Silver Lake," something of a personal odyssey-cum-mystery, moves in skitters and tics containing a flood of cinematic homage. And while not all of it sticks, it does add spice to the layer cake as it gets thicker and more pungent. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/4 Being Frank (2018) Tom Meek Inconsistent lurches between romp comedy and soap opera melodrama detract as the plot noose tightens and the truth closes in on Frank. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Tom Meek The third film seemed like the perfect concluding point, but "4," directed by Josh Cooley, goes in a slightly new direction while hitting all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/4 () Tom Meek If you're coming to "Three Days that Defined a Generation" for the music, you'll likely be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/4 American Woman (2018) Tom Meek Without [Sienna] Miller bringing the burning misery of uncertainty to the fore, "American Woman" would be just another generic American drama with a dusting of grit and woe. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Tom Meek For a wispy-light, sitcom-ish comedy with some dark edges, "Late Night" covers a lot while getting guffaws and even some well-earned, teary-eyed moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Tom Meek This Spike Lee-sque work about a forlorn young man looking to return to the stately family home where he grew up hits all the right (dis)chords. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Tom Meek Truth be told, [Jim] Jarmusch's droll, genre-deconstructing zom-edy could have used a bit more meat on its hollow bones. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 Rocketman (2019) Allyson Johnson Regardless of its shortcomings, the film's love of its subject matter is apparent, managing to help raise the predictable into something more daring and visually exciting than it has any right to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/4 Shadow (2018) Tom Meek The serpentining plots within might give you a touch of head spins before the gorgeous, grand spectacle of battle, dueling zithers and venomous final bow. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Tom Meek It's bang-bang fun that clicks by with smart, rapid pacing, all the while reminding us of just how much a mess we've made of this planet. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Go Fish (1994) Tom Meek It pushed social boundaries back then and remains poignant today. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Pulp Fiction (1994) Tom Meek There's not much to add about Tarantino's magnum opus, so popular over the years and buoyed by dialogue so sharp and witty it'll be quoted with glee by the grandchildren of millennials. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Wild Bunch (1969) Tom Meek My favorite western because of the staunch code of loyalty and ethics employed by men outside the law, and for the amazing mingling of eras - the Mexican civil war, Germans and early airplanes are all factors in small but haunting ways. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 Aladdin (2019) Allyson Johnson The greatest failure of this Aladdin is that, like our blue-dipped Genie, it possesses incredible power but fumbles it, playing too safe when every beat, specifically every musical one, should have dazzled. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 Booksmart (2019) Tom Meek The rough edges are small and easily forgotten with the infectious and palpable chemistry between Dever and Feldstein. Not enough can be said about their value to the film's success. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 Double Lives (2018) Tom Meek ... copious crumbs of provocative dialogue falling from the lips of a few not so discreet but very charming members of the bourgeoisie. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Aniara (2018) Tom Meek It's a piquant setup and something of an existential exercise, pitting hope against the torturous throes of not knowing. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) Tom Meek Its points about the weaknesses of the justice system are provocative and real considerations to deliberate. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 Rafiki (2018) Tom Meek For Westerners, her portrait affords a look inside a culture and a country we're not normally exposed to. To all, it's a potent reminder that such practices of open oppression still exist. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Tom Meek The script by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling has the uproarious irreverence of Something About Mary and some sharp political spoofs too... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 Teen Spirit (2018) Allyson Johnson Teen Spirit is enjoyable, but Minghella's chaotic directorial style and a thin script don't offer much to talk about once the last note has been sung. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 High Life (2018) Tom Meek Overall, the unthinkable mix is a jumbled delight. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Allyson Johnson It's a welcome reprieve from the dreariness superhero films can bring, and what it lacks in consistency it more than makes up for in the final, emotional wallops. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019