Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

I am a teacher and the co-founder of the North Carolina Film Critics Association.

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  • Star Trek: First Contact

    Star Trek: First Contact

    ★★★½

    I first saw this when I was in high school and hadn't seen much Star Trek. I enjoyed it then. Now, watching it after having sat through over a hundred episodes of The Next Generation, there are things that I appreciate and other things that irritate me.

    First off: This movie gets off to a really fast start, confronting the audience with Picard's PTSD, a Borg invasion, a disobeying of orders, and a jump back in time all within around…

  • Reindeer Games

    Reindeer Games

    ★★

    This movie would be twice as good if Ben Affleck switched roles with literally any other cast member.

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    UPDATE: Subtracted another star when I woke up still furious that this is a $400 million movie that makes genocide seem cool and insubstantial and argues conflict can be solved with a snap (and the most destructive weapon). This movie isn’t just poorly made; it’s the embodiment of fascist ideology that many scholars argue is inherent to the genre. It’s the worst MCU film, no question.
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    An incredible letdown after the surprisingly nuanced pathos of INFINITY WAR (which I…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ½

    The worst movie I've seen all year. A pretentious jumble of empty stylistic posturing and half-baked ideas that also happens to be (with the exception of a chainsaw fight) a tremendous slog to sit through. For all the hype about Cage supposedly going "full Cage," his performance mostly consists of angry glares and occasional screams; this is a far cry from the gleeful mania of Bad Lieutenant, or hell, even Ghost Rider 2.

    I think I'm done with Panos Cosmatos.…