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Allyson Johnson

Allyson Johnson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 89% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) At the very least it's presented with vigor and confidence in a manner which keeps our eyes peeled for more from the talented filmmaker.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 88% First Man (2018) It's a shame the story in "First Man," which on paper should be effective, is overshadowed by the film's colder aspects.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) While the film possesses a great deal of compassion, humor and warmth, it's response to injustice that makes for one of the most startlingly visceral films of the year.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 86% Colette (2018) Knightley's searing performance, makes the stumbling script and filmmaking all the more confounding. How could such naked and rich material get such a woefully mediocre touch?‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
7/10 85% Boy Erased (2018) A wholly empathetic film that tries to bolster its audience and characters, granting the audience permission to latch on and find humility and hope as Jared, Nancy and co., do.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
10/10 92% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning succeeds because it understands that the answers it asks and the questions it refuses to grant closure to are only part of what makes an experience such as this so ultimately thrilling.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
9/10 95% Widows (2018) Widows has a commendable duality where it's able to be fun but not forgettable and exciting without being mindless fluff.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
7/10 65% Beautiful Boy (2018) Just like the young man at its center, the film is evocative, at times dazzling and too frequently unreliable as a source of consistent storytelling, but it will manage to wrangle your wandering and aching heart by the end.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
8/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A film that dares to go big, bold and sincere, classical, modern and haphazard in equal measures. It may not go down as one of the greats but like many a song over the decades, when the right note in the film swings big, it soars.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 92% Support the Girls (2018) Bujalski has created something beautiful with bare-bones humility, humor and humanism.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Where Burnham surprises is in his directing. He possesses a keen eye for how young teens see the world, everything bigger and broader or smaller and suffocating, and nothing in between.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's imperfect but delightful, troubling yet winsome, and an absolute blast to watch in a theater no matter the implications of an industry so incapable of creating original content or opportunities for its female talent.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
8/10 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Beyond the Earth's atmosphere, in places both old and new, we get to witness some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring images the directors (and the entire MCU) have delivered to date.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
.5/4 10% Krystal (2018) Beneath the hideously feigned southern charm of "Krystal" is a picture so averse to any sense of sincerity or meaningful character development that the end product is nothing more than a naval-gazing attempt at madcap humor and aw-shucks romance.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
B 79% Sadie (2018) As a showcase for Sophia Mitri Schloss and disenchanted youth, "Sadie" works wonders.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2.5/4 41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Luckily, DuVernay is in charge and able to add a spark to the proceedings, enlivening every frame with a refreshing gusto. ‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B- 83% Mohawk (2018) With its politically charged themes of oppression and the genocide of Native Americans and the play on how history has been presented in the past, "Mohawk" is a fascinating and engaging tale of bloody revenge.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
9/10 87% Annihilation (2018) Astonishing work is at play here, and it is refreshing to see five women spearheading the story. ‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
C 87% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) It's thrilling to have any semblance of Studio Ghibli back in our theaters and "Mary and the Witch's Flower" will momentarily satisfy that hunger, but will leave you wanting more.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It's far too long, too haphazardly scotch-taped together and full of gaping plot holes, but it's also exciting, emotional at times and mindless fun that's worth seeing on the big screen.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
3.5/4 92% A Woman, A Part (2017) It's the dynamics between these characters and their feelings of discontent that elevates "A Woman, a Part" from an intelligent character study to a film that unveils emotional introspection at every given turn, making for something evocative and timely.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
1.5/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Despite the fleeting moments of joy granted us by the 11 wonderful music videos found in this film, The Greatest Showman remains a mess.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's a striking reminder of the power of memory and the idea that love lost isn't love wasted, a message that rings beautifully clear and universal no matter how singular and lasting the story of Elio and Oliver is.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) 'Birdboy' may not be as favored as other 2017 titles such as "Coco" or "The Breadwinner" but the pictures will stay with you, wanted or not, for much longer.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
B+ 96% For Ahkeem (2017) A stark look at institutionalized racism and a system actively working against you, For Ahkeem, uses the personal - a young woman's success and coming into her own- to complete a bigger, often somber picture.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/4 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Roman J. Israel, Esq. has positively no idea what type of film it wants to be. ‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
4/4 97% Coco (2017) The work on screen is tireless, spinning a loving and immersive tale of memories, familial love and gratitude and the importance of holding onto where you've come from while forging your own path."‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
10/10 97% Mudbound (2017) Mudbound may be a portrait of a time long gone, but it's still heartbreakingly relevant today.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/4 99% God's Own Country (2017) God's Own Country, in its silence, empathy for characters and admiration for nature, is engulfing.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
8/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Waititi has managed to do something with Thor: Ragnarok managed to do something with the character no director has managed to do yet: make us look forward to seeing him again.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B 100% Wexford Plaza (2017) "Wexford Plaza" is honest, darkly funny, unabashedly raw, and unforgiving in its small scope and big ideas about what it means to really grow up. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
B- 78% Sweet Virginia (2017) Sweet Virginia won't go on to challenge other films within its genre, but at least it's entertaining enough from the moment the opening credits begin that we don't mind so long as the narrative momentum keeps up the audience's attention span. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
1.5/4 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Suffering from the need to be bigger and louder than its predecessor but failing on both fronts... director Matthew Vaughn fails at reining in his worst tendencies and lets the cast flounder in trying to pick up the pieces.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
9/10 92% Lean on Pete (2018) It's a story that in equal measures is about the treachery of the loss of youth and the importance of retaining some youthful hope.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/10 8% Euphoria (2017) The failing lies in the script, penned by Langseth, is clunky and overwrought, feeling the need to tell rather than show every hurdle the characters are going through.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
7/10 82% Molly's Game (2018) There are no dead beats, no moment where the audience is anything less than engaged with the story and eagerly awaiting to see how it ends.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
9/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A man with a mind for the fantastical and a heart for humanity, del Toro may be one of our most humanist directors working today ... ‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B+ 55% Bobbi Jene (2017) Bobbi's failures, goodbyes, successes and reconciliations are beguiling, often heartbreaking to witness, but ultimately, it's the artist's thrilling dedication to her craft that offers the most sublime state of grace.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
8/10 50% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is messy, inconsistent and noisy in its many messages, but there's something so refreshingly heartfelt about it all. ‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
7/10 92% Stronger (2017) Based on events that would shape the city and the lives within it, the film is suitably small in nature in its intimate look at one persons tragedy and then following triumph.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
9/10 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It's a remarkably powerful film and yet another reminder that the talent on board are some of the very best cinema has to offer.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
8/10 40% Mary Shelley (2018) However, beyond the subject, it's the craft involved behind the scenes that makes the film as captivating as it is.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
C+ 66% Pilgrimage (2017) "Pilgrimage" has all of the parts of a strong, engaging film, it just never learns how best to fit those pieces together. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
6/10 84% Detroit (2017) Perhaps, with another writer on board or a more diverse production team, there might've been a marriage of conceptual visuals and delicate storytelling ...‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 73% Landline (2017) The rough edges of Landline are apparent, but it's a more than worthwhile picture and one that allows its protagonists to be simultaneously selfish but deserving of love.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) With an interwoven script that intersects when you least expect it, the film is a mighty example of storytelling and the power of atmosphere.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Peter is fallible and eager to a fault, with a lot to learn, but he is trying to be good, to save the day and to make the lives of others better. That's heroic.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
9/10 93% Wonder Woman (2017) To say Wonder Woman is a breath of fresh air would be an understatement to this purely joyful and vibrant ride of a story.‐ The Young Folks
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
1.5/4 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Restlessly soulless, predictable and frustratingly dumb.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 taps into that childlike glee that comes with sitting in a dark movie theater, ready to see favorite characters travel worlds and fight off aliens.‐ Cambridge Day
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017