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Brian D. Johnson

Brian D. Johnson
Brian D. Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Maclean's Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Bruno (2009) What's most consistently brilliant about the film is Baron Cohen's acting. He never breaks character for a second. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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68% Public Enemies (2009) Yes, this is a gangster movie worth seeing, and it should be seen on the big screen. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) I found much to like in (500) Days of Summer, not the least of which is its emotional candour.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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44% The Proposal (2009) I found myself enjoying The Proposal more than I felt I should, chuckling at the predicaments and feeling the odd unsolicited tear moisten my eyes as if on cue in the third act.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Hauling their luxurious backstories like matching trailers, hero and villain face off with what seems like contractual symmetry.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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79% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) The encoffination ritual has a subtlety and grace that's lacking in Takita's direction, which lays down the narrative with slow, heavy brushstrokes of lacquered whimsy. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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67% Away We Go (2009) I began to realize why I'd been resisting the film all along, in spite of its dogged charm. None of the places the couple visit seems remotely real. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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79% The Hangover (2009) The movie, in the end, feels as as shabby as the unfulfilled lives that, we assume, these men will resume once the fun and games are over. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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98% Up (2009) With Up, Disney/Pixar continues to set the bar for animated features. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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84% State of Play (2009) I know it sounds like I'm trashing this movie, but the story has real juice and complexity, the performances have muscle, and the political backdrop is ripped from the headlines. I wasn't bored for a second. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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78% Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008) It's a strong story, with a slow but inexorable momentum. Ceylan has marshalled a quartet of superb performances.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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56% The Soloist (2009) Aside from putting flesh on the bones of characters, there are ways in which a movie can surpass a book. In this case it's through the power of music-both aural and visual.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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90% Hunger (2009) Director Steve McQueen finds beauty in the squalor. And to his credit, he doesn't sermonize or take sides. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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50% Observe and Report (2009) My resistance to embrace this film-even though I like the idea of a subversive, satirical anti-Paul Blart mall cop comedy-is that I had trouble believing it. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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32% Fanboys (2008) The momentum is lost. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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88% Adventureland (2009) It's the opposite of the Hollywood dream that you never let go.In this case the big, gaudy ambition turn out to be empty and pointless.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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42% RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009) Rip is a dazzling frontal assault on how corporate culture is using copyright law to muzzle freedom of expression.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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92% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) It's been a while since I first saw this brutal slice of social realism in Cannes. And it left an indelible impression, if not an urgent desire to see it again.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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16% Crossing Over (2009) It's all too conventional, a prosaic melodrama composed of characters who turn out to be strictly good or evil. We already know that immigrants are exploited. Crossing Over tries to tell us that once again, while compounding the offence.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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50% One Week (2008) Joshua Jackson makes a likeable and [convincing] a turns in a strong performance as a man who has a premature mid-life crisis when he learns he's dying of cancer. But I wish I could feel the same affection for the script.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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No Score Yet Lost Song (2008) It's lovingly crafted.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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100% C'est Pas Moi, Je le Jure! (It's Not Me, I Swear!) (2008) As a poetic tale of an outrageous artist-as-a-young-boy, It's Not Me, I Swear is also reminiscent of Léolo, the wonderful 1992 film by the late Jean-Claude Lauzon.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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53% Stone of Destiny (2008) To call it a pleasant, watchable picture is to damn it with the faint praise that it seems to solicit.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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No Score Yet Che (2008) I'm afraid to count myself as one of those curmudgeonly critics who was underwhelmed by its folksy period charm.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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No Score Yet The Necessities of Life (2008) The story, scripted by Bernard Émond, is so spare, and its world is so bleak, that Ungalaaq's performance seems to take place in a void. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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58% The International (2009) As for the direction, Tykwer seems more enamoured with architecture than with his actors. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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95% The Class (2008) It is intensely vital. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) Maybe I'm damning with faint praise, but these are two actors I don't mind wasting time with.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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57% Defiance (2009) The actors are compelling. And Director Edward Zwick inflects the material with his trademark mix of moral zeal and high adventure, as in previous epics like Glory, Legends of the Fall and Blood Diamond. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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49% Twilight (2008) Without descending into camp, Pattinson undercuts earnest intensity with a deft, self-conscious wit. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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69% Synecdoche, New York (2008) As an example of failure, and delusion, it's fascinating but ultimately frustrating.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) The reason to see I've Loved You So Long is quite simple: Kristin Scott Thomas. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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84% JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008) Van Damme performs two virtuoso sequences in JCVD, each filmed in one extended uncut shot. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Even though I saw it barely two months ago, it has gone right out of my head. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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51% What Just Happened? (2008) The satire lacks the bite of The Player. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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92% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) If you find Hawkins irritating, which is entirely possible, Happy-Go-Lucky could drive you quite crazy. But she won me over, and I suspect that will be the case with most audiences: a bright light in dark times.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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40% Passchendaele (2008) Passchendaele remains an impressive piece of work, a movie worth seeing and discussing as much for its flaws as its merits. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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56% Battle in Seattle (2008) The movie's dramatic devices are schematic, but in the end there's something strangely moving about Battle in Seattle.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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59% W. (2008) Like Bush's presidency, it seems lost: it lacks direction. W. could very well stand for why?‐ Maclean's Magazine
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55% Body of Lies (2008) The film's veracity is undermined by its compulsive use of glib soundbites. Not to mention an over-wound plot that begs disbelief.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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No Score Yet Cooper's Camera (2008) It inherits its zany satirical style from SCTV 's Great White North and Kids in the Hall, but it goes to gross-out extremes that seem unprecedented.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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77% Appaloosa (2008) Really, it's like watching three amigos passing the time of day in New Mexico while waiting for a call from Cronenberg.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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86% Ghost Town (2008) Gervais does his utmost to imprint his signature on a movie that doesn't really belong to him. His improvised dialogue vaults high above director David Koepp's script.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) The movie is one of the freshest, most original pictures to come out of Hollywood in a long time.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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54% Choke (2008) Choke bites off more than it can chew. . . Choke's story is too hard to swallow . . . Choke is indigestible . . . Enough already! Gag me with a spoon.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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33% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) It's too long, and its worthy efforts at period authenticity are undermined by a shaggy script that spells out its message with all the subtlety of military propaganda.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) Tell No One doesn't just keep you guessing; it keeps you on edge from start to finish. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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37% The Lucky Ones (2008) It feels like it secretly wants to be a Iraq vet version [ of Y tu Mama Tambien] but is afraid to go there.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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37% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) You'd expect something better from Robert B. Weide.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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69% Religulous (2008) As Bill Maher demolishes one soft target after another, his smugness wears thin.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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