Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) "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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) "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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/4 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) [Antonio] Banderas, so soulful and integral to the film, gives the performance of his career and should be rewarded for it come awards season. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/4 43% The Laundromat (2019) [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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 68% Joker (2019) The real reason Phillips' "Joker" succeeds is simple: Joaquin Phoenix makes the anti-antihero psycho-saga all his own. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 85% Downton Abbey (2019) It's not grand, but it does do what it does with dignity and grace. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) "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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/4 88% Hustlers (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 95% Ray & Liz (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) It's as slanted as a documentary can be, but earnest and from the heart. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 89% Aquarela (2019) The real power in "Aquarela" is [Victor] Kossakovsky's patiently observant cinematography, which captures some moments that even seem implausible - yet there they are. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
56% Old Boyfriends (1979) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 54% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) To be certain, it crackles and sparks at points, but it never catches fire. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's a gonzo love letter to the movies that soars on the loyalty and friendship of two B-listers. Helter Skelter be damned. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) "The Art of Self Defense" is a stunning little film that comes at you like a well-placed sternum punch in a dark alleyway. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) [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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/4 99% The Farewell (2019) "The Farewell" unfurls a bittersweet emotional journey buoyed by the complicated matter of identity that confronts many immigrants and first-gens when returning "home." - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 89% The Third Wife (2019) [Ash] Mayfair crafts a composition that feels masterful beyond her slim CV in emotional complexity, plot and orchestration. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 83% Midsommar (2019) (Ari) Aster has again put a fresh and gory bow on a genre that we know too well. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
59% Ophelia (2019) Overall "Ophelia" delivers bewitching intrigue and charm. It takes bold chances and mostly succeeds-a big part of that being Ridley's subtly sizzle. - For What It's Worth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) "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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/4 32% Being Frank (2019) Inconsistent lurches between romp comedy and soap opera melodrama detract as the plot noose tightens and the truth closes in on Frank. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/4 85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) If you're coming to "Three Days that Defined a Generation" for the music, you'll likely be disappointed. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/4 88% American Woman (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 79% Late Night (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Truth be told, [Jim] Jarmusch's droll, genre-deconstructing zom-edy could have used a bit more meat on its hollow bones. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 95% Shadow (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
82% Go Fish (1995) It pushed social boundaries back then and remains poignant today. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
92% Pulp Fiction (1994) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
93% The Wild Bunch (1969) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) ... copious crumbs of provocative dialogue falling from the lips of a few not so discreet but very charming members of the bourgeoisie. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
70% ANIARA (2019) It's a piquant setup and something of an existential exercise, pitting hope against the torturous throes of not knowing. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Its points about the weaknesses of the justice system are provocative and real considerations to deliberate. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 94% Rafiki (2019) 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. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) The script by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling has the uproarious irreverence of Something About Mary and some sharp political spoofs too... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 83% High Life (2019) Overall, the unthinkable mix is a jumbled delight. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 93% Diane (2019) It's impossible to sit through Diane and not get pulled by the strong emotional current or bold performances. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 57% The Beach Bum (2019) This is a sheer shambles of cinematic poetry that's all McConaughey. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 94% The Mustang (2019) Thankfully nothing about The Mustang is heavy handed. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The grim reenactment works primarily because of the vast and credible ensemble, with restrained and subtly affecting performances by Patel and Kher standing out. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019