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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 42% Mr. Right (2016) Very uneven but ultimately passable RomCom guns-and-guts mash-up. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 72% A Perfect Day (2016) Gets by on the gentle interplay between the double act of Del Toro and Robbins (the comedy duo we've been waiting for!) ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 54% God Willing (Se Dio Vuole) (2015) It's charming and funny and easy to digest, while being almost devoid of nutrition or directorial flourish. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 6, 2016
1.5/5 57% Money Monster (2016) About as angry and energetic as a Yorkshire Terrier on Johnny Depp's jet. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) After a while, when you've given up on laughing out loud, you start smiling for those old-fashioned reasons: you're enjoying the characters and the scrape they find themselves in. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 31, 2016
3/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Waititi, who wrote the screenplay based on a novel by Barry Crump, is pretty fearless in his tonal palette ... It's not your conventional, conservative kid's flick, to its definite credit. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 27, 2016
3.5/5 100% Highly Strung (2015) Hicks was there at the right time and place to capture some truly weird and remarkable twists and turns amongst the ensemble. As they say, "you couldn't make this stuff up". ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 24, 2016
2/5 84% The Meddler (2016) Riddled with cliché and trite situations that are very difficult to swallow. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 21, 2016
3.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) Joins the canon of "under siege" movies ... not with louder bangs, scarier invaders or more bloodshed but with originality, wit and subversion. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 17, 2016
3/5 78% The First Monday in May (2016) Interesting if not fascinating, your appreciation will increase the more you like the kind of stuff these people work on. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) A movie as delightful and silly - indeed, much more silly - than its similarly delightful predecessor. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 10, 2016
3.5/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Screenwriter Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears have pulled off a neat trick with the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins: they've made it the story of her husband ... Florence is slightly absurd and sad ... but we ... see her through his eyes. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 10, 2016
3.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Splitsville followed by biffo, all with an extremely agreeable light touch. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 5, 2016
3.5/5 61% A Month Of Sundays (2015) It's a film about letting go, which may not sound very sexy, but Saville plays out this concept on a personal, intimate and relatable level that is powerful and moving. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2016
4/5 89% The Invitation (2016) Deeply cinematic ... Hay and Manfredi's plot is complicated and satisfying and pays off, big time ... even within the sub-genre of dinner-party horror, The Invitation is one of the classy affairs ... [and] drenched in casual, comfortable diversity. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 13, 2016
3.5/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) A sun-kissed vine of a film, whose plot (which is really incredibly slight) is entirely subservient to its presentation, on an antipasto platter, of four excellent performances. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 7, 2016
3.5/5 83% The Daughter (2017) [The title character is] played by Odessa Young, brilliantly, and a huge part of the enjoyment of this film is watching a star being born in front of your eyes. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 7, 2016
3/5 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) Delivers everything a Maggie Smith-loving Anglophile could possibly desire, including dry wit, acerbic wit, spiky wit and melancholic wit. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 7, 2016
3.5/5 91% The Witch (2016) Artful and beautifully crafted little gem ... while it's creepy and atmospheric, it's as far from a rollercoaster of jump-scares as it is from a barrel of laughs. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) Laszlo Nemes' Oscar-winning Son of Saul is as experimental as mainstream narrative cinema gets, and as bold. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Mar 1, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coen Brothers' 1950s-set Hollywood Studio comedy is an endlessly, effortlessly entertaining flight of fancy. If they only created it to delight themselves - which is how it possibly comes off - I have no beef with that. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Feb 29, 2016
1.5/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) Dakota Johnson has such a fresh, engaging, likeable screen presence that she single-handedly manages to sublimate the impulse to rip your cinema seat out of the floor and hurl it through the screen. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Feb 21, 2016
2/5 84% Deadpool (2016) A reference isn't a joke, and I didn't find Deadpool - the movie or the character - funny at all. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Feb 16, 2016
3/5 97% 45 Years (2015) How much you feel pulled into her dilemma relies in large part on how much you can take away from Rampling's silent, thoughtful gaze ... I started losing patience with it ... her silent visage is just required to bear too much dramatic weight. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4.5/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) Lives or dies on Ronan's performance, and it definitely lives, with energy, beauty and grace. Hornby has done a brilliant job adapting Toibin's novel ... as have art departments [with] an Ireland and Brooklyn of the 1950s but also of the romantic mind. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Feb 2, 2016
3/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) The biggest strike against it is that it doesn't have any compelling reason to exist ... Jobsians will be disgusted at what is, pretty much, a character assassination and non-techheads could easily become bored. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 31, 2016
4/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) While the film has an even and perhaps slow pace, it skips from incident to incident so precisely that I was hanging on each of its movements as though it were an action thriller ... Kaufman's script may be some sort of wonderwork. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 31, 2016
4/5 81% The Revenant (2015) Visually extraordinary while being dour, bleak, slow at times, and not really about very much ... If it had been tighter - and had a bit more dramatic weight to go along with its visual virtuosity - it could have been a classic. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 25, 2016
4.5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) The film isn't an exposé, it's a "workplace" flick, brilliantly acted, and, if you're a smart adult, I can't imagine you won't be completely engrossed by it. It's excellent. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3.5/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) What other films for children teach in an hour - about life, the universe and everything - Schulz could teach in a line, and this film reflects that. It's undeniably about decency, goodness, and love. And Snoopy. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 18, 2016
4/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Jackson does Tarantino better than anyone and Tarantino writes his best material for him. They are more than the sum of their parts; when working together they are one of the great cinematic director/actor collaborations of history. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 18, 2016
4/5 94% Carol (2015) It has all the stylistic grace of Haynes' Far From Heaven (2002), but it is more involving, and thus a slightly more advanced picture. It's also a delight from start to finish. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2016
4.5/5 88% The Big Short (2015) Just like you didn't need to know your fastball from your highball to enjoy that terrific film [MONEYBALL], so too The Big Short lets you in even if you can't tell your Collateralised Debt Obligations from your Credit Default Swaps. Don't miss it. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2016
4.5/5 94% Room (2015) Room avoids tabloid sensationalism completely and seeks to explore its tremendously challenging subject with honesty. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jan 10, 2016
3/5 60% Joy (2015) Lawrence makes it watchable, and often charming. She's in every scene and, through sheer force of will and talent, she pulls you through. I feel Russell's script wasn't ready, and he relied on Lawrence to do what she's done - save the movie. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 28, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) J.J. Abrams' homage to the first Star Wars film - the one that took our collective breath away, the one that defined our childhoods - takes "fan service" to new heights, which is not necessarily a bad thing. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 16, 2015
4/5 62% Truth (2015) Truth gains gravitas and excitement as it goes along, ultimately becoming a truly gripping fact-based journalistic thriller featuring, for my money, Cate Blanchett's career-best lead performance. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2015
3/5 95% Creed (2015) It's got a terrific fight at the end, and all the proceeding stuff is professional and clear, while never being thrilling or surprising ... [a shot of a turtle is] the most blatant and risible phallic symbol I've seen in a movie in a long time. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2015
3.5/5 59% The Program (2016) There's no time wasted here on wives, children, parents, childhood, religion, politics, puppy dogs or pussy cats. This film is about bicycles and drugs - mainly drugs. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2015
0.5/5 15% Absolutely Anything (2015) The worst film thus far of 2015, and so staggeringly terrible I can't imagine it being beaten to the bottom ... Lord knows how and why anyone agreed to make this script into a projected image, but a projected image is all that it is. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2015
4/5 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) This remake may be unnecessary, but it's good. In fact, it's very good - even if you fondly remember the original. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/5 73% He Named Me Malala (2015) Where the film glows is its depiction of Malala's relationship with her Dad, Ziauddin, himself an inspiring, influential and brave activist. "He named her Malala" after an important folk heroine, and together, they are something to behold. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 17, 2015
1/5 81% Man Up (2015) Perhaps the whole thing is intended as post-modern ... But it's not funny ironic, it's not funny straight, it's not funny anything. It's embarrassing from start to finish and Pegg looks deeply uncomfortable in it. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 17, 2015
4/5 65% Spectre (2015) Contemplative ... This is one of the "romance ones", and that romance is the film's strongest element ... Seydoux gives the film's best performance ... every time [Craig] shares a scene with her, his game lifts noticeably. She brings out the best in him. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/5 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) The whole thing is horribly conventional while still being charming and relatively entertaining, which, unfortunately, makes it way above average in this rusting, snoozing genre. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) This is really witty stuff, the funniest film Baumbach has [directed] ... You'll be hard pressed to remember details ... in a couple of months - it's a light, breezy, quick trip to the fountain - but it's joyful as hell, and as funny. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Heaven in the dark, an extraordinarily well-calibrated historical drama from storytellers par excellence ... Every craft element on display here is superb ... not a lot of suspense or tension ... but enormously entertaining and ultimately very moving. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/5 89% The Lobster (2016) Lanthimos is an acquired taste ... This is an accessible, fun and occasionally frustrating entry into his body of work. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2015
2/5 30% Burnt (2015) Cooper is compelling, but [character] Adam makes you want to punch him in the face ... Great chefs may be horrible, arrogant, violent, self-centred, pretentious, egomaniacal dickheads, but that doesn't mean we want to spend an hour and a half with one. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2015
4/5 61% Legend (2015) I have no qualms about gangster movies that glorify the gangsters - I'd have to sacrifice a significant chunk of Scorsese's oevre if I did - and I didn't have a problem with the breezy, happy-go-lucky tone of Legend. Indeed, I had a lot of fun throughout. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2015