CJ Johnson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
ABC Radio (Australia)
Total Reviews:
174

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Showing 51 - 100 of 174
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 86% 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
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) " Part Scientology tool, part extremely ill-conceived familial gift (wouldn't it be better to let your kid go to school than ask him to endure endless takes in a greenscreen studio?) and part blatant money-making attempt." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 16, 2013
1.5/5 34% The Internship (2013) " Each scene builds the plot without leaving air for jokes. It's like a "perfect screenplay" as punched out by a computer program ... It's a bullet-point movie. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 95% Ping Pong (2013) " The actual matches themselves, as they approach the Finals and still contain some of our characters, become really quite exciting." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3.5/5 92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) " It's kind of the Rosencrantz and Gulidenstern Are Dead approach to history, observing it from the perspective of a "minor character", and it works ... it's a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history from, essentially, a safe bystander." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 5, 2013
4/5 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " This franchise puts it all on the screen. It's completely ludicrous, totally bonkers, and that's why you're there." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 5, 2013
3.5/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " The film boldly - and ultimately successfully - vastly favors character definition over plot, and favors character detail over laughs - although the second half (much more than the first) is very funny." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 21, 2013
3/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " This is an interpretation of Gatsby (minor spoiler alert) that revels in the idea of Gatsby and Daisy as two psychopaths (or at least social sociopaths), lovers whose disregard for others, as they pursue their own twisted desires, is bonkers. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 18, 2013
3.5/5 81% This Ain't California (2013) " Even knowing the artifice, it's an excellent and extremely enjoyable film. Indeed, knowing the artifice, it's way more impressive ... However true it isn't, it's a lovely evocation of what might have been." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 30, 2013
2.5/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Paltrow, who plays love interest Pepper Potts (and in a much bigger showing here) said in an interview I heard recently ... that Downey improvised hugely in the first two films but stuck more to the script here. They should have let him flow. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 29, 2013
4.5/5 93% The Hunt (2013) " To call The Hunt gripping would be like calling Annie Hall funny. It is, but it's also so much more than that." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 28, 2013
2/5 33% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) " If you're seriously white-knuckling for a dose of English Period Countryside Romanticism while waiting for Downton's next season to roll, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding will be like methadone: it's not going to satisfy you, but it may relieve your itch." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 20, 2013
3/5 84% Kon Tiki (2013) " If you're in need of a couple of bursts of all-over goosebumps, Kon-Tiki is your surest bet at the moment." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 20, 2013
4/5 93% No (2013) " It's not easy material but it's truly fascinating, and expertly done." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 20, 2013
1/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Having stayed up much of the night to watch the hunt for, and ultimate take down, of Suspect 2 in the Marathon Bombings, it was particularly distressing to watch this vile abomination of a movie whose "relevance" only adds to its dishonor." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 20, 2013
2/5 68% Trance (2013) " If you were to tell me that Danny Boyle had told his long-standing First Assistant Director to go make a movie "in the style of Danny Boyle", and he had done so, and that the result had been TRANCE, I would've believed you. This is him slumming, badly." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 6, 2013
3/5 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " Really, this film lives or dies on the charm of its protagonist. Luckily, Birbiglia is very charming indeed." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 3, 2013
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " The film achieves what all dramatic films should strive for: complete audience empathy for the main characters. I cared for these two so deeply, and the many, many moments of quiet triumph gave me rushes of joy. A beautiful triumph of precision." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 2, 2013
3.5/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " A delightful piece of historical speculation grounded in historical details and personal recollections that have continually been coming to light over the last seventy years ... Murray is terrific in the part - charming, at ease and cunning as a fox." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 2, 2013
4/5 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) " Before you say you can't take another feature length documentary about sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, know that Alex Gibney's examination of the subject is both fresh and revelatory." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 28, 2013
4/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots and Ukrainian actor Mark Ivanir all give pitch-perfect performances, grounding the heavy emotion in realism and understatement." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 25, 2013
2/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " You know you're in trouble when an action film opens in Moscow showing a Russian criminal being held prisoner in a cell playing chess by himself. This is the kind of obvious cheesy badly scripted trope A Good Day to Die Hard is rampantly infected with." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 25, 2013
3.5/5 83% Side Effects (2013) " At its best, it's chilling, creepy, strange and intriguing; at its worst, it's gorgeous to look at." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2013
1.5/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Sam Raimi made his first feature film, The Evil Dead, for $90,000. Now he has made Oz The Great and Powerful - a prequel to The Wizard of Oz - for 2,222 times that. The result is a thousand times less entertaining." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2013
3/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) " Hit and Run has a bouncy, goofy charm." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
3/5 78% Killer Joe (2012) " It's like a cheap, nasty dessert: completely devoid of nutrition, probably very bad for you, but kind of delicious while it briefly lasts." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
3.5/5 71% Dangerous Liaisons (2012) " The cinematography is gorgeous, the costumes are gorgeous, the sets are gorgeous, and the people are so gorgeous it beggars belief. What can I say? Gorgeous." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
3/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " if you haven't seen any of them - why not see this one? It's crazy fun for less than two hours ... It's all very tonally specific, and the tone is bonkers. But it's so intriguing, and everyone looks so good ... the guiltiest pleasure of the year." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
3/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " Bachelorette is all about these very fine actresses playing some pretty sad, desperate women who have some pretty funny lines to say." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
4/5 85% End of Watch (2012) " The street characters are played by a remarkable panoply of real-life types who speak in a thrilling, totally believable patois." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
3/5 78% Dredd (2012) " Tonally one-note, and that note is grim, nihilistic, super-stylized, violent and humorless. But it's a spectacular technical feat, hugely loyal to its source ... an extremely expensive arthouse action flick for the die-hard crowd." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
3/5 51% Savages (2012) " Veers way off course in its second act, becoming confusing and vague - indeed, stoned. But it all comes good in the end." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
5/5 96% Argo (2012) " The whole thing is paced like a whip, and the third act may literally be the most suspenseful piece of film I've ever seen - and yes, I have seen Rear Window. Recommended without any reservation for every and any cinemagoer." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
1.5/5 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " There are four "stories", linked by the fact that they all take place in Rome. None of them are funny, interesting or in the slightest way connected to how real people exist." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
4/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " This movie has to be seen to be believed, and to be believed, it simply has to be seen." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
4.5/5 93% Looper (2012) " Intelligent, extremely imaginative, visually stunning and constantly surprising, this is filmmaking of the highest order from Rian Johnson." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
4/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " A masterclass in precise, auteurist cinema ... Short, sharp, talky, lean, and almost completely inhabited by men, Killing The Softly is cerebral, nasty, and hugely entertaining." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
3/5 85% The Master (2012) " The least accessible of Anderson's films, and the least enjoyable, but it's intelligent and original enough for him to remain a "must-see" director." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
4.5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " I have no compulsion whatsoever in declaring Skyfall, in terms of cinematography, the best looking Bond film ever ... Action movies simply don't look like this - but ... this is no ordinary action movie." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
2.5/5 68% God Bless America (2012) " It's an intriguing satirical idea, and it works very effectively in places, while being tremendously didactic and heavy-handed in others." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
2/5 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " Great young actors ... are encouraged to seriously overplay their particular stereotype, which makes the film grating and repetitive ... Obviously green-lit in the wake of Glee, it makes a joke at that show's expense, setting a challenge it fails to win." — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 4, 2012
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