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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
2.5/4 96% 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 82% 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 80% 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 83% 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 77% 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 97% 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 88% Tanna (2016) While the story of "Tanna" is forgettable, the people are not.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/4 95% 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 83% 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
3/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Are we doomed? Or will we conquer all? Whatever the outcome, Herzog argues that mass connectivity marks a beginning of a shift in our morals, and indeed, in what it means to be human.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Yes, cancer sucks. But frankly, there's nothing distinctive about this documentary, even though it's about a very distinctive person.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
61% The Lost Arcade (2016) [A] surprisingly moving documentary that mourns the passing of classic arcade culture and the multicultural bonds it fostered.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/4 97% Gleason (2016) Ultimately, while "Gleason" can be tough to watch, it has a strong message of the value of relationships and how to spend a life doing meaningful work against great odds.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" has much to recommend it, but none of it would work unless Hec and Ricky are believable and have chemistry. Fortunately, they do.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
4/4 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) "Eat That Question" will please Zappa fans, but it's not just for fans only. It serves as a great introduction to an important artist who was ahead of his time.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/4 94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) For adventurous moviegoers, "Kaili Blues," which could draw comparisons to the early work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Zhangke Jia is an interesting and challenging film, worth taking a flier.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
2/4 43% Gurukulam (2016) A film that seems as if the directors stayed about four days, shot what they could and left ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/4 71% The Final Master (2016) The fight climax and very interesting resolution cap off an exhilarating two hours of entertainment - and suggests a sequel to come. Hope there is one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
3/4 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) There have been a glut of fairy tale adaptations, from "Into the Woods," "Maleficient" and "Jack the Giant Slayer" to the network TV shows "Grimm" and "Once Upon a Time," but if you're a fan make room for "Tale of Tales."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
1/4 9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016) Had producers cut it down to, say, the five most promising stories and fleshed them out a bit, the results might have been better. Instead, it feels just as you might be sucked into a story, it's over.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/4 88% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) Delirious, over-the-top, gorgeous to look at and with comic timing delivered at a machine-gun pace ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 56% Sold (2016) "Sold" is colorful and visually pleasing, although there is nothing surprising in the rather predictable story. But then again, it was likely not Brown's intent to supply endless twists and turns.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) It is becoming increasingly apparent that Asghar Farhadi is one of the world's top filmmakers, and there's an appetite for his work.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) If you're a steampunk fan, by all means go. Just don't expect a classic.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Kawase handles the material delicately and skillfully, and Kirin - a one-time ingenue actress whose first important film was in one of the early "Tora-san" movies - hits all the right notes.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
No Score Yet Dogtown Redemption (2015) A heartfelt look not only at the stories behind their subjects but also about how they can help a community - in this case Oakland's Dogtown neighborhood.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 83% Transfixed (2015) "Transfixed" is proudly personal, which is its strength.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/4 89% Fastball (2016) For baseball fans, it delivers the high heat. For the non-fan, there may be a little too much inside baseball.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/4 97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) If you haven't seen a Weerasethakul film yet, here's a good opportunity, but leave your expectations at the door. There's no one like him.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/4 100% Trapped (2016) Mostly "Trapped" is a portrait of the indefatigable efforts by doctors and clinic workers to stay open, and delves into reasons why women would want abortions ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/4 89% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Jia's languid style and exquisite framing complement his understated approach to the material, which opts for depth over melodrama. But "Mountains May Depart" is grounded in Zhao's delicate performance, which is her best.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/4 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) If you are determined to enjoy it, Hakonarson will throw every challenge in your path.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/4 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) It is a celebration of life, and how special it is to be a part of it while we're here.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 90% The Nightingale (Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau) (2015) A sweetly affecting Chinese film about a elderly man who opens his spoiled granddaughter to the analog world during a road trip across rural China ...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
1/4 80% The Assassin (2015) Part of the problem is Hou's style works at odds with the material.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/4 90% Coming Home (2015) I'm not sure if there's room in the new Chinese film world, which like American cinemas is now dominated by big-budget special effects films, for another series of Gong-Zhang films. But they should forge ahead. They've recaptured the magic.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 94% East Side Sushi (2015) As with that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that puts a personal twist on old classics, "Sushi" is locally made and sustainable, and feels good going down.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 66% Digging For Fire (2015) Unfortunately, for as much dialogue as "Digging for Fire" has, the film doesn't go into much depth about Tim and Lee's true feelings about marriage and their lives.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015