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G. Allen Johnson

G. Allen Johnson
G. Allen Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Hearst Newspapers

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 66% Unexpected (2015) Swanberg has crafted a universal story observed through small details.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 84% Wolf at the Door (2015) In his first film Coimbra already appears to be a master of the cinematic tightrope walk, weaving flashbacks and detective work in an energetic and pleasingly sleazy manner (this is, after all, a modern noir).‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/4 100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) It seems so fresh and immediate you'd never know that it's 23 years old.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/4 80% Advantageous (2015) Achieves much on a relatively meager budget (it has an impressive futuristic visual design), and the last half hour is so irresistibly creepy that it's sure to invoke discussion after the screening.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 71% Kung Fu Killer (2015) This isn't a new golden age of martial arts films, but with Yen holding down the fort in China and southeast Asian fighters Iko Uwais and Tony Jaa, it's a pretty good one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/4 53% The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La Mafia Uccide solo d'Estate) (2015) "The Mafia Kills Only in Summer" is original, winning entertainment, and well executed. No pun intended.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
1/4 31% Cut Bank (2015) Like many of its brethren, the movie seems to love itself while hating its characters.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 89% White God (2015) Rarely does a film's execution achieve or even exceed its director's ambitions, but Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" is that rare movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) In the title role, Kikuchi is impressive, easily handling Kumiko's comic and more somber sides and never allowing us to settle into a single or simple interpretation of the character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
1/4 86% Killers (2015) For those of you who like it, have at it. Count me out.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/4 74% Match (2015) Onscreen, the material seems contrived and thin. What must have been an electrifying clash of personalities onstage is over the top on film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 52% The Interview (2014) Imagine "Harold and Kumar Go to North Korea," or "Bill and Ted's Excellent North Korean Adventure" or even "The Road to Pyongyang" starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. You get the idea.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2014
4/4 No Score Yet American Dreams in China (2013) [It] turns out not to be about American dreams at all - but universal ones.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/4 71% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) The whole cast is good, but as always, all roads lead to Binoche, who is wonderful.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
4/4 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) Although most know the name Hayao Miyazaki, there are many wonderful directors under the Ghibli umbrella, and Isao Takahata is as great as they come.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) Chen builds his case not with sentimentality and obvious plot points, but through everyday life -- showering, doing laundry, dropping the boy off at school, phone calls.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) Wish I Was Here is a funny, touching movie that features one of Kate Hudson's best performances and a curmudgeonly good one from Mandy Patinkin.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
2.5/4 89% Closed Curtain (2014) This is one of those layered, fairly plotless and enigmatic films that comes into sharper focus as it goes along.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
76% The Last Sentence (2014) Amazingly, Troell still operates his own camera. "The Last Sentence" was made digitally, and his attention to detail is remarkable.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2014
4/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) "Dom Hemingway" isn't about story. It's about Jude Law as a force of nature, and that turns out to be a very entertaining diversion.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
1/4 24% Goodbye World (2014) If there are roving bands of rogue soldiers, angry and distrustful neighbors and biker gangs running convenience stores, would you be high and naked in the outdoor hot tub? Would you really be picking at old jealousies from the college days?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 20% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) "Better Living Through Chemistry" does have its moments, and there are quite a few laughs. It tries too hard, but at least it's trying.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 93% Mother Of George (2013) The whole cast is good, but the film wouldn't work without a great performance from Gurira, who is of Zimbabwean descent.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 14% Baggage Claim (2013) A romantic comedy so light and brainless you almost expect it to float away.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2013
3/4 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) How much you enjoy "You Will Be My Son" depends on how much you can take an unbearable, arrogant jerk as your lead character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 59% Bounty Killer (2013) It isn't the worst thing to blow an hour and a half on a film where everyone - including supporting players Gary Busey, Beverly D'Angelo and Kristanna Loken - seems to be having a good time.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2013
1/4 65% Scenic Route (2013) Kyle Killen's script is generally uninspired and fairly predictable ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/4 94% Drug War (2013) As always, To delivers fantastic set pieces ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 90% Storm Surfers 3D (2013) The 3-D images of extreme surfing in "Storm Surfers 3D" feel groundbreaking. Or is that wave-breaking?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) This is a gentle film, hand-drawn with irresistible colors, that exudes nostalgia in a lovely way.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2013
4/4 No Score Yet Waga haha no ki (Chronicle of My Mother) (2011) The period atmosphere is inviting, and the film achieves a meditative quality that precious few modern films have.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/4 43% Waiting For Lightning (2012) It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/4 20% The Mystical Laws (Shinpi no hô) (2012) If you're an anime fan, you already know to look past the mumbo jumbo plots and enjoy the visual scope of a battle between good and evil.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/4 71% Dangerous Liaisons (2012) Takes Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' 18th century source material to its most sumptuous silliness - I mean that as a compliment.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2012
3/4 67% The Zen Of Bennett (2012) Like the singer himself - smooth and classy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/4 94% The House I Live In (2012) Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2012
2/4 75% Hello I Must Be Going (2012) Sarah Koskoff's play-it-safe script and Louiso's heavy-handed direction combine to kill the potential of "Hello I Must Be Going."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/4 54% Brother (Hermano) (2012) Rasquin's cinema verite style brings power to the story, and he has coaxed some good performances out of his leads.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
2/4 29% Twixt (2012) Not really scary, although there are some nice creepy visuals here and there.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2012
3/4 77% Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2012) You can see why Woo, the noted Hong Kong action director, would want to produce it: It fits right in with his "heroic bloodshed" cinematic legacy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2012
1/4 21% My Way (2012) "My Way," billed as the most expensive Korean film in history ($25 million) is epic, packed with action - and it's lousy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2012
1/4 21% My Way (2011) My Way, billed as the most expensive Korean film in history ($25 million) is epic, packed with action -- and it's lousy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2012
2/4 63% We Have a Pope (2012) Piccoli gives the film a depth it perhaps doesn't deserve.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
1/4 17% People V. The State of Illusion (2012) There is an intriguing message behind this film; too bad it is presented so awkwardly.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) A master of mood and visuals, Tran proves an inspired choice.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Yip Man chinchyun) (2010) Can the most currently popular martial arts series survive without Donnie Yen, the most popular action star in Asia? Absolutely.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2011
2/4 8% 1911 (2011) Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2011
2/4 54% Farmageddon (2011) [It's] a must-see for organic food zealots. For those who aren't, but are still curious about food and farming issues, rent "Food, Inc." instead.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011
2/4 80% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) If nothing else, the film is colorful.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2011