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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
1/4 81% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) How does a good director like Takashi misfire so badly?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 63% The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) "The Paris Opera" has plenty of interesting moments, and certainly it's a must for opera fans, despite its faults.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 83% Tom of Finland (2017) Tom of Finland is a good, strong movie, but never threatens to be great. One salivates at the adventurous directions the film could have explored.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/4 100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" is ... darned entertaining and hopeful, as well as informative.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
1/4 90% Better Watch Out (2017) Just another depressing, nihilistic horror flick.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/4 93% School Life (2017) The immersion invites viewers to form their own thoughts on the children and teachers, and the value of the education offered at Headfort.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) White - whose writing credits include Chuck & Buck (in which he starred) and Nacho Libre - has made his most mature and achingly truthful film yet.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) If Jones doesn't quite pull it off, it is at least a film of many pleasures and a thought-provoking look at American literature's most famous loner.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2.5/4 83% A Very Sordid Wedding (2017) The film is undeniably energetic, with a lot of good lines written by Shores, but it descends into obvious preachiness, and from this view, the unrelenting wackiness becomes overwhelming.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) "I Do ... Until I Don't" is a play-it-safe film, with its chaos a little too controlled. But Bell's examination of the institution of marriage has it insights, and there are laughs.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/4 23% Birth of the Dragon (2017) Ng does a fine job as Lee, but ... he doesn't capture the charisma and magnetism of Lee - understandable, since he was among the most charismatic and magnetic people on the planet.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 84% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Basically a "Hoosiers" remake ... but that's OK. It's a winner here, too.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 89% Marjorie Prime (2017) Hamm perfectly plays Walter as a sort of suave, GQ version of HAL 9000, and Davis and Robbins have their most satisfying feature film roles in years.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 99% Whose Streets? (2017) Ultimately, Whose Streets? is timely not only because of its social message, but also because it fully embraces the cell phone footage and tweets that have been crucial tools in the Black Lives Matter and other movements.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
1/4 47% Person to Person (2017) The Big Apple has never looked so small and inconsequential.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
86% Soul on a String (2017) Soul on a String has a modern Chinese epic feel, but has a quirky individuality that harks back to a time when Chinese and Hong Kong films had their own style, and not the mass-produced feel of so many of today's Hollywood tentpole films.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
2/4 65% Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2017) "Marie Curie" gets the look right - the costumes, the re-creation of early 20th century Parisian streets and classrooms. But the film is lifeless.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 89% Pop Aye (2017) A meandering, slow journey with a fairly bland leading character.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/4 89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) If nothing else, will have the adventurous viewer considering a nature trip to Portugal.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/4 86% Moka (2017) You could rightly call it a thriller, but a slow-burning one, and a film that's driven by character, not plot points. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Walking Distance (Distancias cortas) (2015) While Alejandro Guzman Alvarez's Mexican indie "Walking Distance" moves as slowly as its corpulent hero, it's mostly gentle and sweet, if you can forgive its somewhat unsatisfactory third act.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4/4 84% Letters From Baghdad (2017) The result is something that feels fresh and modern.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
100% The Apology (2016) The stories told by these women are tough and unflinching. Yet "The Apology" is ultimately a film of strength and hope, not of nihilism. These are truly wonder women.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4/4 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) In the end, "The Wedding Plan" is very much a crowd pleaser, but one that feels earned and hard-won.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 88% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) "One Week and a Day" has its moments, just not enough of them.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/4 96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) Ultimately, Collin's film is one of forgiveness.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
84% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) The story is strange seemingly for the sake of being strange, and Dash's sarcastic tone suggests that the whole thing is just a joke.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) One can see the influence of Hiyao Miyazaki here - this is way more "Spirited Away" than "Ghost in the Shell" - but Shinkai also goes off into his own, weird direction.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) "After the Storm" has what the Japanese call mono no aware, which translates as "the pathos of things." It is a film that is aware of the of the transient, impermanent nature of life.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2.5/4 98% Kedi (2017) Humans can only draw so many lessons from cats.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 91% Punching Henry (2017) It's the kind of observational humor that instills a knowing chuckle and nod of the head, as opposed to an all-out chortle.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4/4 94% Midsummer in Newtown (2017) It packs a lot in its 81 minutes, and does it well.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2/4 83% They Call Us Monsters (2017) No matter which side of the issue you come down on, and no matter how engaging these young fellows can seem, the truth is they are where they need to be.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/4 100% The Sunshine Makers (2017) Feilding-Mellen clearly sees them as counterculture heroes. As our national attitude toward drug laws evolves, "The Sunshine Makers" makes that case fairly well.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/4 82% Theo Who Lived (2016) Basically we have an 86-minute documentary that's virtually a monologue by Padnos of his experiences.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 80% Closet Monster (2016) One way to tell a promising director is by the acting in his or her film, and the performances in "Closet Monster" are solid all the way around, no matter how small the role.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/4 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Certainly, it stands out among a crowded horror marketplace, and is one of the most unusual horror films I've seen in a while. It is also sometimes very hard to watch.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/4 62% Mr. Pig (Sr. Pig) (2016) In the background, we see a glimpse of Mexico we rarely see in movies, devoid of cliches. In the foreground, two fine actors bringing depth to Luna's otherwise slight character study.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
1/4 76% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Cute little fellow, but unfortunately, the film in which he stars is little more than catnip.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/4 95% The Love Witch (2016) Got to hand it to Biller - she might have made a "bad" movie, but it's never boring.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/4 100% Tower (2016) Easily one of the best films of the year ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 82% We Are X (2016) The film is a rush, all right, but it's also a soulful look at Yoshiki, who although rarely without his dark glasses, still seems very revealing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Though our put-upon hero's gradual realization that he has much to live for is obvious from the get-go, it still is a pleasant journey from pawn to king - spiritually speaking, of course.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/4 76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Directors Ross Adam and Robert Cannan's documentary is told masterfully through archival material, film clips, spot-on re-enactments and interviews with those involved ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 95% Spa Night (2016) Writer-director Andrew Ahn has made a confident, assured, low-key debut that's a textbook example of how to make a compelling small-budget movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
0/4 77% Goat (2016) What cinema goer would ever want to sit through 102 minutes of gratuitous violence, both physical and verbal, misogyny and testosterone, often under the influence of alcohol and drugs?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 91% Tanna (2016) While the story of "Tanna" is forgettable, the people are not.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/4 96% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) A must for any fan.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 85% In Order of Disappearance (2016) Moland directs cleanly, laying out the plot nicely, but also leadenly. This might be the slowest-moving action thriller I've ever seen - guess that's how they roll in Norway.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
1/4 44% The Hollars (2016) The film struggles so hard to be funny that the comic potential is diluted. In fact, sometimes it seems downright bland.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016