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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 88% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) The whole film, only 1 hour and 42 minutes, makes its point over and again, and could have been tighter ... That said, the milieu is intriguing, the metaphors at play are clear and enlightening, and Mauréry's performance is absolutely worth catching.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 77% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) Surprisingly sombre in tone, Metz's debut scripted feature film ambitiously delves into the psychology of these two men, and that of elite sportspeople in general ... Borg's crisis of confidence and McEnroe's arrogance result in two unlikeable leads.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/5 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) At least Branagh's Hercule Poirot is fun and multi-layered, but the rest of the cast are hung out to dry, hammily looking off into the middle distance to imply that they might have done it ... Dull as dishwater.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4.5/5 78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Gripping, creepy, intense and wholly original. It slots beautifully into 2017 as The Year Of Intelligent Horror; it is also, easily, one of the best films of the year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) An obvious labour of love, this is a film with extremely deep affection for its characters, which you will certainly share by the end.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
4/5 83% Detroit (2017) Magnificent.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 77% Final Portrait (2017) This modest, extremely charming labor of love from writer/director Stanley Tucci is not intended for anyone who can't wait for the next Transformers. But if you're interested in Paris, art, the 1960s or any combination, it may be right up your alley.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
3.5/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Hits a very specific bullseye ... How Ingrid Goes West affects you will almost certainly depend on your current relationship with social media.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
4/5 91% Good Time (2017) It's intriguing, bold, exciting, fresh and urgent ... The first twenty minutes or so are staggering ... The original score, by Oneohtrix Point Never, is creepy, evocative and the best of the year thus far.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) At least one terrific and original set-piece, some fascinating design, and, most intriguingly, an out-of-the-box performance from Glenn Close, playing a military scientist with military precision.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [Mimics] the very particular look, sound and feel of the earlier film with eerie specificity ... generally hugely enjoyable ... story-telling is its weakest aspect ... the long third act has elements that are simply incomprehensible.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
3/5 90% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) At times it strains a little too hard, but generally, and especially amongst the performances, there is clarity, precision and taste. I suspect that if you've ever given or received an organ you'll find the film respectful and rewarding.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3.5/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Fun and extremely easy to watch. But ... feels like a massive missed opportunity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 84% The King's Choice (2017) A deeply affecting story on a personal level, not only full of suspense and tension but also emotion. If Dunkirk is this year's Big World War Two film about the planes and the boats, this is the one about the people.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Part of the film's shtick is that there's just so much of it ... You can feel comfortable going to the bathroom when you need to, because, in the extremely grand scale of things, you can't have really missed anything, because there's so much more to come.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 75% 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 51% 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 85% 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 83% 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 54% 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 87% 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 49% 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 88% 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 77% 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 92% 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 88% 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 89% 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 77% 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 88% 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 68% 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 88% 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