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)
Publications: ABC Radio (Australia)
Official Websites: abc.net.au/nightlife/reviews/

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) Coogan as Laurel, Reilly as Hardy, and Henderson and Arianda as their wives ... [are] all splendid ... Shame about the musical score, which is overbearing and makes the otherwise tastefully wrought and lovingly crafted Stan and Ollie seem schmaltzy. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4.5/5 60% Vox Lux (2018) Quite brilliant and unbelievably entertaining, while being thoroughly uncompromising ... It all pays off, riotously, wonderfully, exuberantly, brilliantly, with integrity, grace and skill ... This is the first great film of 2019. Exceptional. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) This is a deeply felt, lovingly made movie that will stand the test of time. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) There's no schmaltz, no faux tragedy, no bullshit in Burnham's movie. It's got integrity, compassion and respect for its subjects and audience. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice suffers in comparison to The Big Short - such is the problem when one follows a masterwork - but it is still vital and urgent and demands to be seen. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's a lot of movie, and represents tremendous value if your time is tight. The love story ... is such a good one ... that it verges on the preposterous. It's not. It's based on Pawlikowski's own parents, and that tips it over into the miraculous. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melancholic, indeed dour, with a colour palette of (too much) brown and grey ... Luckily, the film has a few joltingly interesting twists and turns, and Richard E. Grant, who is, has been and always will be joltingly interesting. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Very much in the style of Lumet and Pollack, with a dash of Michael Mann's Heat, the film swings big and mainly connects; it excels in characterizations, and only stumbles when confronted with straight-up genre elements. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 87% Climax (2019) Most of the population will not see Climax, and most would hate it. But if you've read this far, you probably should try it. It's the safest way you can feel this terrible. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) A milestone of a movie, an epic, an event ... It is a film of constant compassion and absolute humanity. It is totally, essentially personal to Cuarón, but it is also fundamentally universal. It is filmmaking of the highest order. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coen Brothers' supreme mastery of all elements of cinematic storytelling are on full display ... Frequently hilarious, occasionally moving and always stunningly beautiful. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) There's no denying it: this is the best Scottish Christmas zombie high school musical comedy I've ever seen. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3.5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley's trippy, frequently hilarious and extremely original Oakland-set fantasia is an urgent, cohesive and accessible statement on race in America masquerading as the best episode of The Twilight Zone you've never seen. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 94% Spitfire (2018) Refined, elegant and classy ... this lovingly crafted work, deserving a big screen thanks to its splendid aerial photography, is not really about war, but about Britain and its people. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Weirdly entertaining, supremely stylish, and somewhat surprisingly superbly acted, even as it baffles at every turn ... deliberately disorienting and perhaps deliberately obtuse; it's never very scary, but it's often beautiful and always fun. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Filled with thematic callbacks and visual references to Redford's incredible career, most notably to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the film, like the man, is classy, intelligent, witty, handsome and delightfully old-fashioned. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) Extraordinarily entertaining. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) A stylistic tour-de-force first and foremost, a flashy, breezy and often very funny satire on the movies and reflection of Welles's own predicament. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Flawlessly conceived ... Dano never abandons his young protagonist to the fireworks of his parents' behaviour; Joe might say very little, but he is always there. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) Not only an exercise in nostalgia but also in quintessential Britishness. This is a film where every sky is grey and where, if a man can wear a tan raincoat, he will. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) By returning to both subjects - Flint and guns - with such focus, we see, shatteringly, that not only have things in the USA gotten worse, they've gotten substantially worse ... it's compelling, and deserves a massive audience. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 92% The Cleaners (2018) You'll learn more about Facebook's devastating relationship to the Myanmar genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in the 88 minutes of this incredibly timely German documentary than you will from four hours of Apple News bits, bites and bobs. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Obviously, Westwood is a great talent, and her career stands for itself. But the Westwood who sits for director Lorna Tucker's camera doesn't seem to want to be there and tells her story - barely - with no excitement. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 80% 22 July (2018) The maturity shown by every level of Norwegian society - even by one of Anders' alt-right heroes - seems to us, in the age of rage, simply staggering ... It is the portrait of a nation in crisis but remaining calm, the opposite of mass hysteria. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) How often do you see a film set in contemporary Nazareth? And a really good one, with heart, humour, dynamism, and politics served without pressure or pain? ... While The Insult won the Sydney Film Festival's Audience Award, Wajib won mine. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) This is a movie to gush over, to see again, to buy the soundtrack to, to urge others to see, to dream about ... Watch it sweep the Oscars, too. I'll be fine with that. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
1.5/5 29% Venom (2018) Tom Hardy makes the film sit-throughable, but only just, and only because he plays what comedy there is for all it's worth. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2.5/5 87% First Man (2018) Technically, there is no faulting First Man ... Dramatically, however, things are a different story. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 88% American Animals (2018) Wildly, gleefully entertaining; I can't recommend it enough ... Layton sets up and maintains a terrific, jovial tone, and even when things get heavy, we're allowed to enjoy the ride. [His] incredible score with The Imposter was no fluke; he's big league. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) A comprehensive and entertaining enough overview ... [but] Sir Ian deserves at least two hours ... it's a bit of everything in 92 minutes, and as such, it's completely entertaining, charming and lovely while also being annoyingly unsatisfying. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) By the end, it has achieved momentous power ... Meticulously constructed, building with painfully specific intent ... A spectacular debut. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) In the end, Kendrick, Lively, Feig's direction, and the sunny Connecticut exteriors and stunning tasteful rich interiors are diverting enough and perhaps worth a matinee ticket. But the script only has a single good act. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3.5/5 92% Beast (2018) Gamey, strange and fresh. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 92% Searching (2018) The form is absolutely as important as the content [and] the good news is that the form holds well ... If the gimmick doesn't hold you, I'm not sure the script will, but in tandem, they add up to something solid and clever without re-setting the bar. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is culturally significant, but it's still about a girl falling in love with the prince. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Offers plenty in the way of structured ambiguity, so much so that I'm afraid it's most appealing as a deconstruction of Ramsay's own authorial voice. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2.5/5 87% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) [Lead character] Tony is such a deeply unlikeable protagonist that the film is hard to stomach ... he's racist, a nationalist, a bigot. I gave up on him long before the film did. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/5 82% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) Goes down easy as these films should, chock full of engaging characters, gentle humour and a lot of heart ... Some of the later set-pieces, once the place is all lit up, are stunningly beautiful. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is American filmmaking at its best: urgent, angry, innovative, loud and funny. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
4/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Worthy of its stellar ingredients ... one of those adaptations - the TV version of Patrick Melrose is another - that looks and feels just like the book did in your head ... lifted ever skyward on the back of Ronan's impeccably modulated performance. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) This is a slow, quiet film of gentle revelation. Come to see the debut feature of a promising filmmaker, armed with patience, a sense of discovery, and, if possible, your own inner child. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) I long ago gave up letting action sequences make me tense, so why was I clutching my armrest? McQuarrie's massive tornadoes of bodies, steel and space are visceral, energetic [and] exhilarating. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 85% The Wife (2018) To paraphrase what someone clever said about Trump: it's the kind of movie a dumb person thinks is smart. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) To call the script "shaggy" would be far too generous. It's baggy and flat, and at its worst falls back into extremely tired (and insulting) tropes. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 95% Foxtrot (2018) The twists and reversals in Maoz's screenplay are bold enough to alienate or even anger. But his cast and crew are all on the same page, in on the same joke, and the strange engine hums. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Unfunny, unexciting and unsuspenseful ... a lifeless, hand-me-down script featuring a dull, uninspired heist. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) The best American horror film since The Sixth Sense. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/5 77% I Kill Giants (2018) Strange and darkly beautiful, a slave to no master's rhythms or rules other than its own. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/5 38% Gringo (2018) Gringo has seemingly good intentions, and shows good taste in its inspirations, but keeps missing its own beat, scene after scene. It's a happy-go-lucky, shaggy, odd, silly, and ultimately infuriating mess. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There's no "force", so you don't have to keep track of who's got the force and who's strong with the force. There's a good villain and a surprisingly heartfelt romance. But the heart of the film is the relationship between one man and his wookie. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018