CJ Johnson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
ABC Radio (Australia)
Total Reviews:
164

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " A fairytale for adults, this is Anderson's über-film thus far, utilising the entire breadth and astonishing depth of his imagination to bear exquisite humour and life in every single, immaculately composed shot. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Henson would, once again, be proud, of this very funny, very silly, extremely well-made, colourful, joyous movie ... It's all great fun, and it's all very, very Muppet." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 9, 2014
2/5 77% Noah (2014) " The problems of old-school bible movies are here in abundance. Just like the parting of the red sea [from The Ten Commandments], the flood is the bit ... that you'll be waiting for when Noah plays on the telly for eons to come." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3.5 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " At 4 hours, it's too much. But at 2x2, it's worth it. Von Trier promises a 5 1/2 hour cut. He doesn't move on ... [obsessed by] men and women, sex and violence. He's a one-theme director, and he's absolutely, resolutely, and wonderfully one of a kind." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3.5/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " It's episodic, vague and self-indulgent (perhaps pretentious?) but there's no denying that it's also original, committed and borne of a highly determined voice." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Jean-Marc Vallée, of Montréal and the festival hit C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), has directed a no-nonsense, unsentimental, tightly effective and supremely revealing work ... Avoiding all false sentiment, the film is still hugely moving, as it should be." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3.5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " You get a lot of movie for your sixteen bucks, but you'd have a better time if you got less movie ... The staggering bloat aside, there are some hysterically funny scenes, killer dialogue, great performances, and Scorcese-level craftsmanship throughout." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 15, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2014) " If ... distribution of this film was to be delayed for, say, nine months, it may arrive [like] yesterday's news. It is so au fait, so zeitgeist, as to be prescient ... the design here is no doubt inspired by iOS7. You feel like you're inside it. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/5 89% La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) " There are some performances in this good-natured ensemble comedy which are pitched not so much at the back row as at Pluto. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 14, 2013
2.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Full of mixed messages and strange symbolism, its weirdness is also its (limited) charm ... Trippy, confusing, strangely slow and contained, it certainly exists in its own bonkers world, and, as such, is, at least, an odd original." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/5 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Simply the best teen drama, or coming of age film, I've seen in years. Perfectly performed by young actors with an incredibly mature balance of naturalism and spark, the film is funny, immensely charming, moving, and inspiring. I left with goosebumps." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4.5/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Extremely funny, mysterious, precise, involving and meaningful, Inside Llewyn Davis immediately joins the ranks of the great Coen Brothers films, getting deep into the whats, whys, hows and wherefores of a single, intriguing character in great depth." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Solidly assured from beginning to end, compulsively watchable, very funny, beautifully textured and surprisingly intricately structured ... American Hustle ... is a delight, a sure Awards-season contender, and worth every cent you spend on a ticket." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Controlled, precise, visually stylish, atmospherically rich and appropriately moving ... neither sentimental nor lurid ... a major work from a director who has carved out ... a distinct and mature style." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3.5/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " It's not the definitive look at background singers - a good mini-series for television might be the place for that - but it's certainly entertaining." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 24, 2013
3.5/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " It's Lawrence's show and she's great ... There have been better science fiction films ... but The Hunger Games is forming solidly, and in many ways offers what movies were designed for: good old-fashioned escapism, anchored by a movie star." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 23, 2013
2.5/5 49% Carrie (2013) " Strictly by the numbers, ticking off the book's scenes one by one, almost absurdly faithfully, without any directorial flair, texture or point of view ... Just another remake, not as good as the original adaptation, and, therefore, ultimately... pointless." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " The telling is calm and composed, avoiding any form of sensationalism or heightened anger. It probably won't win the Oscar for Best Documentary, as The Cove did on ... dolphin slaughter, but Blackfish is solid, revealing and quietly moving." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 20, 2013
1.5/5 78% Filth (2014) " The subject matter is ripe for a bold, original, dark and funny treatment, but director Jon S. Baird has so obviously tried to ape the style of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting that it's embarrassing." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4.5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " From the first shot to the last, you feel that tremendous security you get when you are sure that the filmmaker is in total control of his material." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 27, 2013
1.5/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " Incoherent to the point of being incomprehensible, Ridley Scott's new film The Counselor, from a first-time (terrible) screenplay by novelist Cormac McCarthy, represents a low point for both of these highly acclaimed artists. It's a total mess." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/5 83% Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) " Hartley's remake is extremely faithful to the original, and what is most fun about it is the style and tone ... Donaggio's bold, over-the-top, old-school horror score reminds us that we are in an homage, and to enjoy the ride as such." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 19, 2013
3.5/5 85% Mystery Road " What lifts this atmospheric and affecting film from its genre limitations are its milieu, its striking visual style and its truly enjoyable, low-key performances." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2013
2.5/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners is a nasty piece of work. Indeed, it is about as bleak and unforgiving as mainstream, studio moviemaking gets." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) " Playing out as much in the boardrooms of the Danish parent company as it is on the cargo vessel itself, the film is a real eye-opener: when this stuff happens, there's no-one to call for help ... A Hijacking is an exercise in precise filmmaking." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2013
1.5/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Wildly inconsistent in tone, it is impossible to know whether the film aspires to comedy; it's certainly not funny." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " If I found a lamp, and a genie came out and granted me three wishes, I'd use one to raise Kubrick so I could take him to Gravity ... No element is out of place, no intention unrealized ... unity of time, place and character ... a work of the highest art." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 6, 2013
1.5/5 8% Diana (2013) " A drippy romance, spending the vast majority of its time in private, two-hander scenes imagining inane dialogue between a dead Princess and a famously reclusive, private surgeon; it only exists because it knows neither of them is going to complain." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " Would be a moving and sweet depiction of the growing bond between a father and his adopted son if it weren't actually about mass murder." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2013
4/5 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " Dror Moreh's documentary is remarkable not for stylistic innovation but for the very fact it exists." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 8, 2013
1.5/5 5% Paranoia (2013) " Excruciating dialogue is only the tip of the iceberg of this film's dunderheadedness, but it's the sin that keeps on giving throughout the way too many 108 painful minutes it takes to get through it." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 7, 2013
3.5/5 98% The Rocket (2014) " A true original, depicting a culture rarely filmed, observed with a respectful but never overly reverential eye." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 68% Stoker (2013) " I liked the mood of Stoker: gothic, dark, strange and melancholy. It's like a really creepy Sunday afternoon." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 87% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " Crossing Sweeny Todd with Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, the Cairns boys deliver a lot of laughs, nice and realistic dollops of sticky gore, and quite a lot of heart to boot." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3.5/5 70% Greetings From Tim Buckley (2013) " It's a quiet movie of small rewards, made by a whole lot of talented people taking a risk and pulling it off with humble aplomb." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 28, 2013
2/5 89% The World's End (2013) " A serious misfire, unfunny, unexciting, uninvolving and, perhaps the worst sin of all, incredibly self-indulgent to the detriment of the audience's enjoyment." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 28, 2013
5/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Carruth's second feature proudly follows his debut Primer (2004) in its audacity, intellect and astonishing originality. Carruth does not make films for fools, but nor does he try and fool anyone; if you're willing to look, it's all there." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
3.5/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " If anything, Maisie as a character is a little too indefatigable; once in a while, you'd love her to throw a huge screaming tantrum and let her wretched parents know just what children they're being." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
3/5 27% Jobs (2013) " It contains some of the most inspiring, moving, goosebump-inducing moments, scenes and speeches that I've seen thus far this year, but also some truly cringeworthy ones. It's as though two different creative teams made the film, and only one was good." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 16, 2013
4.5/5 90% Red Obsession (2013) " As much an examination of contemporary Chinese character, ambition and taste as it is of the Chateaux and wines of Bordeaux ... globe-trotting, hugely informative and thoroughly entertaining ... crafted with as much care as the wines we see onscreen." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 13, 2013
4/5 68% Elysium (2013) " A bloody good movie, a ripping yarn, a dark dystopian future sci-fi, full of action, astonishing imagery, a superb score (Ryan Amon), great performances (with one exception) and such an assured sense of style that I was continually bowled over." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 12, 2013
2.5/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " It certainly doesn't break the mould, but coming-of-age drama The Way, Way Back, from writer / directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, is sweet, gently funny, and full of terrific attention to detail." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 28, 2013
3.5/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " The production design is terrific, revelling not just in period detail but in all of Liberace's excesses, and, typically, Soderbergh's camera and use of music are never anything other than top notch." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/5 75% What's In A Name? (2013) " Four of the five characters are really unlikeable, and the effect is of being trapped in a small place with five hideous people yelling at you - it's crushing, oppressive and claustrophobic." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3.5/5 79% Reality (2013) " It is a brutal, frank, painful and highly meticulous look at an ordinary man undergoing a very modern crisis amidst a very simple life." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3.5/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " This is the End is one of the most fun movies I've seen in ages. It's a silly extravaganza, a huge bunch of nonsense, but, boy, it's entertaining ... This film is one big in-joke, but it's a very good one." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Drive, and many of Refn's other films, were thrillingly kinetic; here, by gluing his actors to their spots, he gives us beautiful images but nothing to watch. About halfway through, there is a brief foot chase. At least it moves." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 16, 2013
4.5/5 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " If you're looking for a really comprehensive, clear, evenhanded and thoroughly entertaining examination of, well, the story of WikiLeaks, master documentarian Alex Gibney has gone to the trouble of providing you with one." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/5 55% The Look of Love (2013) " Winterbottom and Coogan redefined the modern biopic with 24 Hour Party People. Here, they try and squeeze themselves into an old-fashioned one, awkwardly." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " An extremely unholy child of 28 Days Later and Contagion, the uncompromisingly bleak zombie epidemic epic World War Z is nowhere near as good as those two films but is not without its merits ... [including] an undeniably awesome second act." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 22, 2013
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