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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Tread (2020) The blend of archival footage, commentary from the participants and re-enacted dramatization builds with the taut grit of a hardboiled thriller.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2.5/5 85% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) "What She Said" may not be the most tightly composed bio-doc, but it is a near must-see for cinephiles and fans of Kael's impressive career. ‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3.5/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) 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. ‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It's passable entertainment on the superhero level, but another opportunity missed to revel in the zany gleeful madness of Harley.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/4 89% The Assistant (2020) The power dynamics of "The Assistant" are chilling.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/4 73% The Gentlemen (2020) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/4 0% John Henry (2020) 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. ‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/4 85% Color Out of Space (2020) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) What's most impressive about [Sam] Mendes' salute to valor is the seamless synergy of choreography, action and sound.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/4 62% American Dharma (2019) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
2.5/4 94% In Fabric (2019) "In Fabric" is a unique experience best taken in with logic left at the door.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) [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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/4 70% Bombshell (2019) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) "Rise of Skywalker" feels more like a Disney theme park experience than an organic narrative. ‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/4 67% Knives and Skin (2019) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) The script by [Rian] Johnson does what it needs to,. with just the right amount of red herrings, plot twists and deft humor. ‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/4 89% Dark Waters (2019) "Dark Waters" catches its swell mostly from its impressive cast, namely Mark Ruffalo on point as Robert Bilot.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 83% Waves (2019) [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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 81% The Report (2019) From top to bottom, the performances impress.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) 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.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) "Jojo Rabbit" delivers a palpable human story that touches as we laugh and the world around explodes.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/4 90% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/4 97% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/4 42% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 82% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's not grand, but it does do what it does with dignity and grace.‐ Cambridge Day
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
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/4 87% 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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 96% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) It's as slanted as a documentary can be, but earnest and from the heart.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 87% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 87% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 57% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) To be certain, it crackles and sparks at points, but it never catches fire. ‐ Cambridge Day
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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 84% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/4 98% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 88% The Third Wife (2019) [Ash] Mayfair crafts a composition that feels masterful beyond her slim CV in emotional complexity, plot and orchestration.‐ Cambridge Day
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
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019