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CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson
CJ Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): ABC Radio (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 76% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Spottiswoode keeps the vibe gritty and authentic, which is in itself remarkable for a film about a young man and a cat. Tough and tender, and a massive, welcome February surprise. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) You'd need to have a cold stone heart - or, I suppose, prejudicially racialist views - to dislike Hidden Figures ... A wonderful, rather incredible story, full of triumphant moments and performed by a perfect cast.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 41% Gold (2017) Many of the true story's outlandish details are there on screen, and they make for some excellent twists and turns.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Superb and deeply-layered examination of the special relationship between fathers and daughters [and] much more than that ... thoroughly engaging, moving and meaningful, a major film with a lot on its mind.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4.5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) What you may not have heard is that, for the vast majority of its running time, it is very, very funny ... A great film. It is thoroughly involving, deeply moving, and sparkles with humanity. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 80% Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) It skates by on very professional performances and a smattering of revelations that manage to subvert our expectations by about ten percent.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's one of those rare films that actually hits you the hardest the moment it finishes, when, all of a sudden, you realise what it is that you've actually been watching.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
4.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Has almost unbearable extra resonance in these waning days of the Obama administration ... The themes are big but the focus is tight as a drum ... astonishingly effective production and costume design ... Portman [give]s [a] tremendous performance.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) Director Garth Davis and screenwriter Luke Davies have delivered the tasteful version, one that avoids practically all the story's potential [bombastic, sensational, sentimental] landmines in lieu of honest emotion. It is a film of great integrity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Can hold its head very high in [the] company [of] ... Clueless, Mean Girls and Juno ... A total home run as a first feature for writer/director/producer Kelly Fremon Craig, it's consistently funny, moving and emotionally honest.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 93% La La Land (2016) I could feel the large group of critics at the screening I attended sitting on their hands, resisting the uncouth impulse to applaud.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Stupid Hollywood formula ruins the last act, but until then it's an amiable ride, resting squarely on Miller's ample shoulders.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 97% Little Men (2016) As it moves calmly but deliberately along, the power of the dilemmas facing each of the main characters grows stronger. Inexorably, you can't help but be drawn in.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/5 96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) I wish I'd known The Fencer was a true story before it began ... It would have made its sentimental and seemingly formulaic story feel much less on the nose. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/5 93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Loach really rages against the machine here - emphatically, heroically, stoically - but the true heart of the film, the friendship between Daniel and Katie, is touching and sincere. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A seriously mature work, a terrifying thriller for adults that has staggering resonance in the wake of the US election results.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
3.5/5 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Every shot is stunning, and many are breathtaking ... With its twisty-turny plot, stunning visuals and lashings of explicit lady-on-lady sex, [it] is probably [Park's] most accessible film to date. Great fun and an experiential feast.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
2.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Feels deeply, cloyingly influenced by others. It's the last act of Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Contact meets Inception / Interstellar meets The Tree of Life ... tries too hard to make you cry to actually make you cry. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Ben Affleck gets to play Will Hunting and Jason Bourne in this superhero origin story for adults ... Besides the incredible skills, we get a secret lair, double identities, even a shot of identical suits lined up in a closet like Batsuits.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4.5/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) The sad, dusty towns against which this classically-oriented story play out are breathtakingly evocative, as are the bodies and faces of all the Texans we meet along the way. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/5 89% Elle (2016) A mesmerizing, frenzied abomination, a thrilling, propulsively lurid provocation that is simultaneously classy and grotesque, refined and coarse, arthouse and grindhouse. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3.5/5 70% Café Society (2016) Arguably Allen's best-looking movie in colour. The script does feel like it's been cobbled togther by a computer program, but at least a computer program with access to the Woody archives: if nothing else, there's no doubt this is a Woody Allen movie.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 75% Boys in the Trees (2016) Who knew to mesh the American Halloween aesthetic to Adelaide streets, skateboard culture and Dinosaur Jr?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
2/5 32% Masterminds (2016) Suffers greatly in comparison to Michael Bay's Pain And Gain (2013), a film with which it shares much in common ... Everyone does way too much except for Kate McKinnon, who is absolutely brilliant and not utilised nearly enough.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Still style over substance, but there's actually a little substance ... at its heart, a ferocious, furious satire ... maintains an atmosphere of dread throughout.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 82% Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016) If the story wasn't true you'd dismiss the fiction as ludicrous ... Low-key, adult, disturbing and compelling.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Another muddled, over-long Burton fantasia ... The last half hour is a rather excellent extended action sequence. The beginning and middle, however, are laborious.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) With only [about] nine speaking parts, lots of atmospheric Upstate New York fog and excellent performances from Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson, specificity and containment are the keys here ... Pity the trailer doesn't adhere to the same restraint.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Curious low-budget thriller, shot on 16mm, has a certain hand-sewn élan ... The whole thing has quite a unique tone - a blend of extremely dry humor, creepy low-key horror, and retro-styled aesthetics - that atone for its somewhat over-extended runtime.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
3.5/5 61% Snowden (2016) Uneven, ramming brilliant scenes up against turgid ones, but ... it gets you by the end. If you've seen Citizenfour you may think you don't need this, but the stuff detailing Snowden's career is fascinating ... Definitely worth seeing despite the flaws.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
3.5/5 93% My Scientology Movie (2017) The title implies a different tack and a different take - both of which pay off ... if you're new to the hunt, see Going Clear first, then feast on this as a bitterly tasty dessert.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) There is little here that was not done better in The Beatles Anthology (1995) ... [but] it's still two hours in the company of four of the most enjoyable people ever ... [and] this time, instead of the girls, we hear the band.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/5 85% Sully (2016) Like much of Eastwood's latest work, a highly proficient, professional, refreshingly unsentimental procedural about men. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Thematically massive, tonally bold, determinedly non-formulaic and featuring a perfectly cast leading man at the top of his game ... Movies this good don't come along that often. Funny, moving, tender, tough ... just endless things about it to love. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 89% The Queen of Ireland (2015) Unfortunately Conor Horgan's feature length documentary about Ireland's most influential drag queen lacks sparkle, wit and bite - precisely some of the attributes Panti, and other great drag artists, so embody.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
3/5 66% Nerve (2016) It's tremendous fun, extremely zippy, and much more in tune with teen-speak and modern technology than many of its peers.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 61% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) Hysterically funny and desperately acute examination of one of mankind's greatest, and most universal, weaknesses ... Gervais is masterful at portraying the exactitude of life in the smaller towns of England ... his finest hour and a half as a director.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/5 89% Blood Father (2016) Guns guns guns, blah blah blah... Gibson's character in Jean-Farançois Richet's Blood Father may fit him like a glove, but the glove is ugly and old-fashioned, unsuited for these times.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/5 61% High-Rise (2016) It is chaotic and crazy, shambolic and discombobulating, all elements of the novel but not necessarily of coherent filmmaking.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) The shark is almost incidental, which is what keeps the movie from achieving some sort of genre greatness ... but it is bloody good. It's crazy tight, extremely well thought-out and Lively, mostly in close-up and mostly in peril, is excellent.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) The final half hour or so is an exhilarating action sequence beautifully done, ending in a rather excellent sausage party indeed.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 61% Down Under (2016) Forsythe has an extremely disciplined schematic in mind, and sticks to his guns. The final act has great power ... His script has integrity and his direction is sure-footed and consistent. He may hold his characters in contempt, but never his audience.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
3.5/5 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) The film is really a monument to the spectacular comedic talents of co-star Joanna Lumley, who, at 72, has never been funnier. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) A pumped-up, giddily rewarding espionage travelogue, which is pretty much how I remember the first Bourne movie from all those years ago.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) Astonishing, a painfully intimate exposé of how politicians frame the truth ... [And] a scintillating glimpse into a unique political marriage.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
3.5/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) It's a jaunty, spiffy, upbeat and pacy movie, the kind where everyone is too busy being witty, flirtatious and tart to sit down ... a completely worthy addition to the Austen canon by someone who obviously cared very much to contribute.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
4.5/5 96% Sing Street (2016) John Carney's Sing Street is a total delight from start to finish, and the best film about the pure joy of making music since We Are The Best! (2013), with which it shares similarities ... It is also a completely engaging, hugely romantic love story.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) What it does have is chemistry between Johnson and Hart, which is the sole and entire reason to see the movie.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
3/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) This is a movie of quiet smiles and the occasional laugh; it's barely a comedy, and yet can only be a comedy; the stakes, while genuine for the characters, are superficial for the audience ... Gerwig saves the day, the movie, and your visit to the cinema.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
2/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) There are about three amazing minutes in this film. The fact that they are almost entirely given away in the trailer is not only annoying, it's perverse.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016