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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 No Score Yet Cher & The Loneliest Elephant (2021) Not only tells Kaavan's story, but highlights the abuses many animals suffer in captivity, as well as the international animal rights organizations trying to save them. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
4/4 100% Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2021) This is not only a film about battles between humans and demons, but also a character-building buddy movie about maturation. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
1/4 5% Vanquish (2021) Anyone wondering what "Ironside" would have been like if Raymond Burr had been a dirty cop gets their answer courtesy of Morgan Freeman in the dreadful new thriller "Vanquish." - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
4/4 100% Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (2021) Wolf's exceptional documentary "Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts" seeks to tells its subject's story in a deeply personal way, while also pulling back when needed to contextualize his work. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
2/4 67% Francesco (2021) Afineevsky doesn't ask the tough questions, despite scoring a one-on-one with Pope Francis, bits of which are sprinkled throughout the film. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2.5/4 No Score Yet Frida. Viva la vida (2019) There is enough here, including some sumptuous location shooting in Mexico, that is fascinating and insightful to make the documentary worthwhile - especially if you're planning a trip to the de Young. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3/4 63% Face (2005) It is the best performance of [Ling's] eclectic international career, and it raises the level of this otherwise competently made movie to something more special. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
3/4 73% Boss Level (2021) Sometimes you need a little bit of fun, and "Boss Level" delivers. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Sure to be an instant animated classic... it expertly balances emotion, humor and social politics amid a backdrop of surreal, eye-popping visual beauty. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
1/4 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) A movie that seems to have been made by people who don't understand the history, true nature or appeal of their iconic characters. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/4 87% Swallow (2020) Whatever. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/4 100% Twilight's Kiss (Suk Suk) (2021) "Twilight's Kiss" is a fragile film of quiet moments and tender feelings, and although it runs out of gas near the end, it takes us on an engaging journey. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
2/4 74% The World to Come (2020) Waterston and Kirby do achieve an intimacy that operates as a warm fire warding off the chilliness around them. It's too bad we were left out in the cold. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4/4 98% Minari (2020) It is not just about the American Dream, it is a search for America's soul. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
3/4 70% Land (2021) Edee is played by Robin Wright, who not only makes us feel her pain but also makes an effective and visually lush directorial debut about a woman who seeks to lose herself, but against her wishes is found. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
3/4 68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) [A] thought-provoking documentary... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/4 71% Life in a Day 2020 (2021) Here's hoping for a follow-up in 2030, and the decades beyond. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3/4 92% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) Kawase's films are absorbing and quietly moving, and this is no exception. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/4 98% The Reason I Jump (2021) While director Jerry Rothwell's globe-trotting, visually ambitious film can't take us into this world, it does an excellent job of helping us better understand it through the eyes and thoughts of five autistic children. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
3/4 70% Tenet (2020) "Tenet" is indeed impressive, although I gave up trying to follow the plot. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 100% 76 Days (2020) "76 Days" is undeniably a well-made film, and it shows some interesting details. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/4 92% Dear Santa (2020) Ultimately, "Dear Santa" is about pulling together, helping neighbors, loving each other and celebrating life and the spirit of giving. It's a delightful gift at the end of a challenging year. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Ultimately, writer-director Alan Ball's predictable but engaging drama is about acceptance and courage. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) There's a lot going on here, and director Joel Crawford and his teams efficiently keep the story moving along. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) "Collective" is a fascinating documentary that seems to unfold over real time. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/4 88% Run (2020) Chaganty and Ohanian love ratcheting up the suspense within confined spaces, and they're really good at it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
1/4 83% Freaky (2020) Vaughn and Newton look as if they're having fun but each play one note. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/4 69% Ammonite (2020) An exquisite achievement... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/4 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) [An] absorbing family drama of rural poverty and addiction that features compelling go-for-broke performances from Amy Adams and Glenn Close, but a rather bland lead in Gabriel Basso as Vance. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/4 79% I Am Greta (2020) Outside of the deluded, who doesn't believe that climate change is real and needs to be addressed in an urgent manner? "I Am Greta" demonstrates that her message is resonating. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 90% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Together, these two bright stars-to-be carry "Words on Bathroom Walls" across the finish line. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/4 98% Spontaneous (2020) It's at times a horror film, at times a teenage romance, sometimes a comedy, other times an allegory of teenage angst. But that's what makes it strangely wonderful and fresh. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/4 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Less a horror film than a valentine, from a daughter to a father, and a sweet portrait of a man going gently into that good night. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
2/4 45% LX 2048 (2020) I'm not sure how good a movie it is, but it would be an excellent basis for a streaming series, in which its ambitious ideas would have time to develop. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/4 89% Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008) Dresen films much of the movie in close-up and medium shots, making sure we see every wrinkle and age spot, every expression, every emotion. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/4 84% The Way I See It (2020) The film is anchored in a public lecture given by Souza, in which he shows his photos and tells their stories. Interspersed with these vignettes are scenes of Souza and Obama behind the scenes. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/4 No Score Yet The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show (2020) The overall feeling in watching "The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show" is one of hope and inspiration, and a reminder of some of the great artists of the 1960s. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 68% I Am Woman (2020) "I Am Woman," while it doesn't roar, effectively tells Reddy's story and speaks strongly about the women's movement and the struggle that continues. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
4/4 100% Our Time Machine (2020) The issues of aging and familial relationships and the appealing nature of this family would make "Our Time Machine" worthy of a look in any case, but what puts it over the top is Maleonn's fascinating visual creations. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/4 60% Chemical Hearts (2020) What makes "Chemical Hearts" so good is it's unafraid of its feelings. It tackles complicated emotional issues such as depression, suicide, sex and love with a straightforward honesty. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
2/4 58% Tesla (2020) Almereyda never quite gets us into the world of Tesla, much less his mind. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
1/4 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) "The One and Only Ivan" has within it a much more interesting film waiting to break out that really could have been for the whole family, but alas it is trapped within the cement walls of Disney's cookie-cutter formula. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/4 100% Apocalypse '45 (2020) How they kept their cameras rolling with a steady hand as, say, a kamikaze pilot hones in on their ship, is truly amazing. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
2.5/4 99% The Fight (2020) The selfless commitment of its subjects to justice are what makes it worth a look. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/4 94% The Weight of Gold (2020) Phelps and Rapkin make it clear that, while the focus here is on athletes and the need for better care from the USOC, people in general, athletes or not, need access to mental health resources. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/4 83% Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly (2020) For those who attended the Alcatraz exhibit, the film serves as a souvenir of your visit. For those who didn't, here's what you missed. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
2/4 60% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) With a premise like that, how is it "The Tobacconist" turned out so bland? - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
3/4 92% Relic (2020) James might be making her feature debut, but it feels like she's been at it for years. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/4 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Master Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda makes a seamless transition to French-language cinema, filming in and around Paris and successfully importing his feel for complicated family dynamics... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
3/4 95% Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (2020) The best thing about "Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things," other than the music, is the way it evokes an era and reminds us that its subject was one of the great voices of the 20th century. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020