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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
2/5 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The direction, by Miguel Arteta, does the best it possibly can with the script, but the script is an on-the-nose, ultimately annoying clanger, and if anyone can claim the ending as satisfying I'd love to hear their reasoning.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/5 50% The Dinner (2017) Collapses under its intense dramatic weight ... [Like each dish], over-sauced, over-stuffed, too rich and heavy. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A singularly original work, part portrait of Baldwin, part history of the racial struggle, part essay, part manifesto.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 68% mother! (2017) Aronofsky's phantasmagoric fantasia on art, fame, success, religion, politics, technology and the cult of celebrity erupts relentlessly and furiously. It is the angriest, and one of the most dynamic, films I've seen this year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1.5/5 No Score Yet Small Town Killers (2017) The script hits incredibly familiar beats while stinking of a misogyny that feels not so much a comment on the conservatism of small-town life as it does anachronistic ... Like every country, Denmark produces duds, and this is resolutely one of them.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/5 84% It (2017) Contrary to the brilliant trailer-cutting department at Warner Bros., It is not a scary movie ... we get an awful lot of Pennywise-as-special effect, being churned through the digital funhouse mirror. And, well... obvious digital effects just aren't scary.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 82% That's Not Me (2017) Its co-writer and lead actor, Alice Foulcher, is very, very funny, performing her own often wickedly witty lines with aplomb. It's a delightful feature debut.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
1/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) On paper, the elements for suspense - sharks, rapidly depleting oxygen, a cage, risk of the bends - are all there, but on screen they add up to a whole lot of visual blah.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 88% American Made (2017) [Liman's] film feels - is - derivative, even redundant. But he's got Cruise, and Cruise delivers, in a way he hasn't since Jerry Maguire (1996). I thought I'd never get to say this again: Tom Cruise makes the movie, and is the reason to see it.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Not the precision near-masterpiece that Out of Sight is, nor as tight or funny as the Ocean's films, but it's certainly got all the requisite qualities [of the genial heist movie] ... goes down smooth and easy ... the jokes raise a smile [not] a laugh.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3.5/5 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Colourful, [quirky] and cool, full of sublime design, eccentric set-pieces and easy-going humour ... Delevingne hits her beats with aplomb.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
4/5 86% Wind River (2017) Sheridan is a damn good screenwriter. He wraps rich character studies in genre. All three [of his produced feature scripts] feature guns, but they also feature human beings ... [and here] some of the best Native American actors in the business.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron's magnificent. She lifts a very good action spy thriller into another echelon entirely by her total commitment, professionalism, ability and class ... She's present in a fundamentally and startlingly raw, exposed, intimate way ... I was mesmerised.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) I laughed like a drain ... It's the funniest film of 2017; it's that simple.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) The secret sauce flavouring this wonderful movie ... [is that] it's sincere ... This beautiful film will appeal to all, but it is built by grown-ups, and not afraid to wear its intelligence proudly.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Reserved, dignified, proud and brave, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is nothing if not very, very British.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3.5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) As with [the first three Star Wars movies and The Lord of The Rings], the second is the best, the first is the most fun, and the last is a long, noble conclusion.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3.5/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Surprisingly snappy and relentlessly atmospheric ... Coppola's leanest, meanest film, and one that is less an objet d'art than a guilty pleasure.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3.5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) Almost every scene that doesn't have a car or a gun in it is cringe-worthy, but as an aesthetic rush and a fun romp it's worth taking in at the best cinema you can. You want to see and hear this thing properly.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3/5 92% First Girl I Loved (2016) Some of the behaviours on display are really quite intense, and while the film is hardly a thriller, it definitely has an edge missing from many a "cuter" coming-of-age and coming out in high school festival crowd-pleaser.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/5 100% Chicken People (2016) It's impossible not to be reminded of [Best In Show] while watching Chicken People ... one of the film's subjects, Brian Caraker, will immediately evoke fond memories of Scott Donlan (John Michael Higgins). ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 89% It Comes At Night (2017) An intensely personal, extremely precise meditation on fear, grief, family and community ... challenging stuff that bears intellectual rigour, or, to put it another way: if you're not willing to think about it, you probably won't like it.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
3/5 64% Detour (2017) Goes down like sweet syrup. There's no reason to see this one in lieu of [U-Turn, Memento, The Last Seduction etc] but if you've seen those, you'll probably get on just fine with this. Like its characters, it puts on no airs or graces: it is what it is.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3.5/5 88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Every stitch of every bloomer and ruff feels authentic but the energy feels current, even though the cinematography and editing is formal and precise. Crisp, thrilling, sometimes very funny, and sharp as milk thistle.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 83% Una (2017) Benedict Andrews is famous for his brilliant stage metaphors - in his German production of [the source play], Ray spilled water then desperately tried to mop it up - but his film is very, very literal, [showing] us enough to stop us imagining the worst. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3.5/5 93% Hotel Coolgardie (2016) One can only imagine the moments left unfilmed, in the undocumented version of this story, which repeats itself, in three-monthly cycles, out there in the red dust, where the men wait for young travellers like mangy dogs for carrion.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
4/5 81% Risk (2017) With the one-two punch of Citizenfour and now Risk, Poitras has peeled back layers of international secrecy, conspiracy, surveillance and hypocrisy, leaving me terrified.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) [Robyn Crawford's] absence leaves a gap too thematically large for the many talking heads to fill; it's kind of like a piece of journalism missing the most important source.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) With its conceit of a ludicrously under-skilled man assuming a position of unearned influence, it has acquired, between shooting and release, a depressing relevance.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 89% Hounds of Love (2017) Anther inspired and noble entry in Australian cinema's rich ledger of suburban nightmares. In films like these, the villains wear thongs, and people get hurt while the sun brilliantly shines.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) A thoroughly entertaining, sophisticated, beautifully crafted film. Highly, highly recommended.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 48% Wilson (2017) Has many gags that fall flat, but there are also some true zingers ... the plot is refreshingly loose and unformulaic, rambling from one situation to another like a dim puppy. It's almost instantly forgettable, but it's never not engaging as it plays.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3.5/5 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) Somewhat rescues the bewildering Prometheus (2012) after the fact ... A darkly enchanting adventure... While the grim, scary action of the first and third acts is impeccably done, it was that long, meditative second act that I enjoyed the most.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 91% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) Devoid of gossip and any hint of salaciousness, I Am Heath Ledger is a cinematic portrait of Ledger the artist ... the trove of Ledger's own recordings gives us an intimacy that previous generations of film biographers could only dream of. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 100% Pork Pie (2017) Matt Murphy honours father Geoff Murphy's 1980 original - a milestone in New Zealand cinema - with loving care, identifying its mass appeal, correctly, not so much as being hysterically funny as being absolutely stuffed full of heart.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2/5 83% Denial (2016) Three excellent performances and undeniably gripping - and important - subject matter just manage to support a dunderheaded script, ham-fisted direction and a lead performance from Rachel Weiss that borders on the unwatchable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Like its protagonist, hardly prone to hysteria of any kind.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele's debut as a feature film writer/director announces him as a major talent with a big, big career ahead. Get Out is fabulous, a film that not only gets better as it goes along, but keeps getting better the more you think about it afterwards. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/5 56% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Given his famously protracted deliberations, it is almost certainly the last film we will ever get from Beatty the auteur. It's a nice, warm, genial and embraceable farewell.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/5 66% Free Fire (2017) The good news is, it's definitely fun, and we do care, at least a little, about the characters and the situation ... [but] in its long second act and into its third, it's a very easy movie to tune out of.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/5 73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Impeccably directed, shot and acted, there's no denying that the script is just another take on an unhinged man who kidnaps an attractive woman and holds her captive; it is tense and suspenseful but really has nothing to say.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/5 88% Their Finest (2017) A very enjoyable romp through familiarly enjoyable territory ... Watching how digestible propaganda was made at the highest levels of the British war effort is fascinating ... much of the film, and certainly the premise, is great. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) I am thrilled beyond measure to be witness to the cinematic birth of a new, young voice in articulate, emotionally rich, cinematically rigorous horror cinema ... a mesmerising, totally compelling - and, yes, grisley - thrill ride.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
1.5/5 80% Colossal (2017) A rampaging misfire of a movie ... ham-fisted, nail-hammering, on-the-nose stuff, as clunky and over-emphatic as this sentence. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart's finest performance ... the film is the equal of Clouds of Sils Maria and up there with Assayas' best ... keeps shifting gears with highly-engineered precision ... Easy answers are not readily apparent [but] the whole is immensely satisfying.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 90% Frantz (2017) Celebrates its story's sense of the past with formal construction [and] gentle pacing ... often very striking ... It feels, to a degree, like an exercise in style, made more to satisfy an urge of Ozon's own rather than that of any contemporary audience.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Almost shockingly strange, disquieting, melancholic, creepy, and sad. For a big-studio, extremely expensive, bus-stop-and-billboard-advertised piece of mainstream entertainment, it feels astonishingly authentic, and doesn't smell mainstream at all. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Enormously entertaining, inventive and visually spectacular ... has lavish fun referencing the Batman mythology from go to woe, and the deeper you're enmeshed in that universe, the more fun you'll have. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4/5 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) In terms of tension and suspense, who could possibly imagine a better set-up? Writer/director Martin Zandvliet, however, gives us much more than a bloody horrorshow ... [he] forensically examines issues of vengeance, forgiveness, compassion and humanity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3/5 100% The Family (2016) The core material, and the interviews, are urgent, essential records of an astonishingly awful Australian story.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017