Ripple Effects

Ripple Effects is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Diana Cheng
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 The Father (2020) Diana Cheng The Father is like the Rashomon of dementia. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
3.5/4 The Dig (2021) Diana Cheng Director Simon Stone has chosen to turn a spectacular archeological find into a lyrical, visual narrative that is elegiac and ponderous in tone. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
3/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Diana Cheng Well acted and absorbing. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/4 Rebecca (2020) Diana Cheng ... judging on its own, this new Rebecca is choppy in its editing, neurotic in mood, and its altered ending leaves viewers with an unresolved moral issue. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
3.5/4 The Booksellers (2019) Diana Cheng A quietly riveting documentary of a collective history and a beloved artifact, and a prompt to keep it alive for all our sakes. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
A Room with a View (2007) Diana Cheng As for Davis' new "twist" at the end ... I think that has altered the whole story from a light-hearted piece of social satire and endearing love story to a sombre drama with an awkward ending. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
2 Ripples Downhill (2020) Diana Cheng Julia Louis-Dreyfus... is effective in bringing out Billie's frustration. However, the issues of the movie are beyond her control, a real case of 'force majeure'? EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
4 Ripples Little Women (2019) Diana Cheng The Oscar nominated director (Lady Bird, 2017) has surpassed herself in crafting an exquisite piece of artful creation. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
4 Ripples A Hidden Life (2019) Diana Cheng A Hidden Life offers an opposite stance different from Martin Scorsese's "Silence"... a real-life testimonial of a believer while in the face of persecution, still refuses to step on the Nazi fumie to renounce his faith. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3 Ripples Marriage Story (2019) Diana Cheng The strong cast overall delivers, with Driver and Johansson offering some fine performance. But with such a commonplace subject matter, and so many movies have already done it, what's amiss is the very quirkiness and eccentricity Baumbach leaves out. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) Diana Cheng In just 100 minutes of screen time, Wang has brought a contentious, ethical issue to a human level and wrapped it with heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3 Ripples The Good Liar (2019) Diana Cheng The interplay between Mirren and McKellen more than compensates for the lack of plausibility in the revealing of truth in the latter part... Take it as pure escapism. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
3 Ripples The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Diana Cheng The adaptation exudes energy and humour. Iannucci has chosen his cinematic palette with bright colours and sprinkled with comedic sparks. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3 Ripples Military Wives (2019) Diana Cheng The 'feel good' element is how the women deal with their own personal issue and accept each others' foibles to work together in harmony, reaping mutual support and deep friendship. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
3 Ripples Downton Abbey (2019) Diana Cheng ...while not delving into deeper stories, the movie overall can satisfy fans' longing and make a good introduction to pique the interest of first timers. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
2.5/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Diana Cheng Unfortunately, Hobie's antique lesson for young Theo is a metaphor for the adaptation. Other than a visual representation of the major plot of the novel, the film is a reproduction that lacks authenticity and liveliness. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2 Ripples Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Diana Cheng Linklater is an expert in dialogues with his Before trilogy, where the camera follows two characters... talking throughout the movie and yet still captivating the viewers... But here, that magic is missing. Where'd you go, Linklater? EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
4 Ripples Faces Places (2017) Diana Cheng The soul-stirring original music by Matthieu Chedid complement the meaningful duo collaboration. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5 Ripples Yesterday (2019) Diana Cheng 'Yesterday'looks to have the privilege of a dynamic duo of movie magic (Curtis & Boyle), and it seems they'd planned it as a summer joy ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4 Ripples An Elephant Sitting Still (2018) Diana Cheng Hu takes time to let the camera linger on his characters' faces, capturing their troubled psyche... Often, their reticence conveys depths that words deem unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3 Ripples Late Night (2019) Diana Cheng Katherine Newbury is masterfully played by Emma Thompson. She is spot-on in portraying the sharp-tongued, hard-nosed TV anchor who is too blinded by her own light... EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
2.5 The Aftermath (2019) Diana Cheng ... the unconvincing storyline abruptly stops any appreciation I've had of other cinematic elements up to that point. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
2 Ripples Greta (2018) Diana Cheng As for the prominent leitmotif, Franz Liszt's Liebestraum (Love Dream), it just serves to stir up yearnings for something deeper and artistically satisfying, instead of, alas, leaving us with an illusive dream. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3 Ripples The Favourite (2018) Diana Cheng If you're on an existential quest for meaning, look elsewhere. This film is pure entertainment, irreverent, surreal, sumptuous in set design, costumes, make-up, and spot-on in editing and acting; but it's not for the serious meaning seeker. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/4 Roma (2018) Diana Cheng Childhood memories are powerful markers of identity and experiences; thanks to"Roma"for evoking such while one is unaware, as it works magic in creating new imagery to sustain them. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 Free Solo (2018) Diana Cheng ...stunning cinematography in chronicling star rock climber Honnolds' career and his rise to the peak (so far). What's thought-provoking is [the] focus not just on the physical but the psyche of those involved... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
3 Ripples Shirkers (2018) Diana Cheng Shirkers is... a narrative that transcends grievances to situate personal experience in a larger social and cultural context. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Diana Cheng The very story of A Star is Born is itself a cautionary tale. Interestingly, Hollywood loves this story. The Cooper and Gaga version is the fourth time the tale is told. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Diana Cheng The consoling breathers and the meaningful elements in the film then were [the] acts of kindness and courage. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Wildlife (2018) Diana Cheng From this his first attempt at directing, viewers would be gratified to find Dano to be an actor's director; especially with the excellent cast he has under his helm, this is doubly rewarding. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Diana Cheng The fine cast let us visualize the events of the book as experiences of real persons. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018