Film Mafia

Film Mafia is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): CJ Johnson
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Horse Girl (2020) CJ Johnson Mental illness as the engine for a thriller is a cultural conceit whose days are numbered, but, as a last gasp, there's no denying this entry is compelling and evocative. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/5 EMMA. (2020) CJ Johnson Taylor-Joy is sublime, reason enough to mount a new film, as, say, Jude Law was enough for there to be a new Hamlet on the West End in 2009. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) CJ Johnson Wake In Fright meets Ida meets Splash. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 Seberg (2019) CJ Johnson On paper this film had every possibility of working ... [but] the dialogue is excruciating, and it makes the actors saying it look bad ... Watching Seberg is to become increasingly disheartened, as it strays deeper into bathos, incredulity and cliché. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
3.5/5 Midway (2019) CJ Johnson This is a film free from dramatic nuance and irony; it's about as subtle as the attack on Pearl Harbor. But (dialogue aside) it's a very good history lesson in movie form. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) CJ Johnson Exhilarating, furious, compelling and thoroughly entertaining. It's also essentially and thrillingly visceral: I spent the second half of the movie having to stop myself from standing up in the crowded cinema and screaming "Take that you evil f**k!" EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) CJ Johnson Post-modern deconstructionist expressionistic anachronistic elliptical storytelling is my jam, and Justin Kurzel's fourth feature is full of it. This is a feast for the senses, a gloriously indulgent examination of myth-making. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/5 1917 (2019) CJ Johnson Rather empty spectacle; it doesn't really have characters, relationships or emotional stakes ... Schofield has few attributes, other than being a Very Decent British Man, and the film has little to say, other than that British Men are Very Decent. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
4.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) CJ Johnson Every character, no matter how minor, seethes with inner life; the dialogue is vibrant, startling and unique, the milieu beyond evocative and fuelled by integrity, the camerawork energetic and artful, the score wondrous, and the pacing magnificent. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) CJ Johnson Furries rejoice! Tom Hooper and Universal have spent around ninety-five million dollars on your dream movie ... For the rest of us, the film is a clear misfire, misconceived and badly executed. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) CJ Johnson The screenplay, for which Sciamma deservedly won a prize at Cannes, is so compelling not for how it radically alters the genre but for how it surprises and intrigues within it. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) CJ Johnson You don't need a reason to see The Rise of Skywalker, but if you did, it would be Daisy Ridley. Her fierce commitment to playing Rey with integrity, intelligence and a total understanding of the kind of film she's in lifts her every scene. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) CJ Johnson The four conversations, which collectively probably make up about 70 percent of the film, are exquisite acting set-pieces of the absolute highest order: two of the world's greatest actors with intelligent, thoughtful and often very funny words to say. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2019
2/5 The Good Liar (2019) CJ Johnson The film sells itself first on McKellen and Mirren and then on its "twisty" plot. The actors are great; the plot, not. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) CJ Johnson Based purely on audacity, without regard for outcome, Jojo Rabbit would have the potential to win [all the awards] ... [but] Waititi's [performance] is emblematic of the whole film: it can be brilliant or really flat, often in the span of the same moment. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.5/5 The Irishman (2019) CJ Johnson As monumental, and monumentally skilled, cinema, it's breath-taking ... {but} the biggest surprise was the amount of times the film made me laugh out loud. Once Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) enters the story ... the Irishman is not afraid to boldly make a joke. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) CJ Johnson Going in, expecting a finely-tuned toy advertisement, and instead getting bonkers nonsense with some fine songs and Elsa ice-surfing, is unpredictable, and unpredictable in this case is to be celebrated. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
4.5/5 Knives Out (2019) CJ Johnson This film is super satisfying. It's funny, the mystery plot really works, and it also has something to say, which it does with enjoyably righteous anger. Go for the production design and the plot, leave being blown away by De Armas. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) CJ Johnson Noah Baumbach's masterpiece, a tragicomedy of human relationships that gets everything right ... every scene, and practically every moment, is simultaneously deeply sad and very funny. That's not just skilled filmmaking, it's a kind of alchemy. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/5 Suzi Q (2019) CJ Johnson The qualities of the film are the qualities of Suzi Quatro: inoffensive, charming, friendly, nice ... a pleasant hang, a G rated version of a rock star life. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 Judy & Punch (2019) CJ Johnson A film whose great artfulness is only outdone by its sheer, breath-taking originality ... Foulkes' script is a work of deep and intellectually rigorous imagination, and her direction meets it for thrilling theatricality and innovation. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) CJ Johnson Staggeringly respectful, both of Kubrick's film and Stephen King's 2013 novel, and, for the Shining fan, great fun ... all credit to Flanagan and all involved, it's highly entertaining, which certainly makes it one of the strange surprises of 2019. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) CJ Johnson Murphy roars back into the cultural conversation and my heart with his flamboyant, exuberant and spectacularly entertaining performance ... I could easily take a Netflix series with an episode spent on the production of every one [of Moore's films]. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019