Nick Johnston


Nick Johnston
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Nick Johnston is the Film Editor and Critic for the Boston-based online magazine Vanyaland.
Publications: Vanyaland

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The film still has its issues - some more glaring than others - but overall, it's a feast for the eyes [well] worth your time and attention. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) The most strident slasher fans will be disappointed, but this Blumhouse joint is pure fun for everybody else. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
65% Native Son (2019) It could have been so much more, but what we have here isn't as dire as, say, HBO's Fahrenheit 451 from last year. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
58% After the Wedding (2019) It's an exhausting and frustrating movie, convinced of its own greatness and meaning, which only amplifies how bad everything is. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) This is... a film made for about 20 or 30 people that will frustrate those not specifically attuned to its wavelength with its obliqueness and how broad or banal it is. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% Greener Grass (2019) Adult Swim fans will love this bongwater-soaked absurdist nightmare. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
58% Wounds (2019) Babak Anvari's latest never comes together despite a fun Armie Hammer performance. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) [F]or those willing to endure, there is a lot to love here, from the blunt elegance of Kent's craft [to] the work of her wonderful leads. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
93% Sweetheart (2019) This monster flick boasts [both] great practical effects and [a fantastic performance] by Kiersey Clemons. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
67% Paradise Hills (2019) This sci-fi tale can't find much of an identity outside of its great visuals. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
92% Little Monsters (2019) [A]s Little Monsters heads towards its wonderful and very-much-earned ending, you'll be surprised by how genuinely you'll be smiling at its resolution... - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
31% Corporate Animals (2019) Despite a strong performance from Demi Moore, [Brice] can't really figure out what he wants his movie to be. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
78% The Lodge (2019) The new film from the Goodnight Mommy directors frustrates more than it unnerves. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% The Farewell (2019) What results is a masterfully executed and earnestly-felt look at a complicated and painful situation for this family. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
88% The Souvenir (2019) This is, most definitely, not to be missed. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
47% The Prodigy (2019) It's not particularly memorable. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
93% Fighting with My Family (2019) There's a lot of fun to be had within Fighting With My Family's runtime for wrestling adherents and non-fans alike. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Some secret ingredient is missing from this Lego Movie's attempt to recapture the spirit of the original. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) It's an incredibly watchable and mostly satisfying experience, although it's one that you'll probably forget about four or five hours after you leave the theater. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) This movie should have remained on a shelf somewhere. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) [A]s soon as [James] Wan's able to free the beast at ... the film's midway point, Aquaman realizes its potential as a show-stopping blockbuster oddity. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns [won't] taint the memory of the incandescent original: it's just crushingly mediocre, and, in its own way, that may very well be worse. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
27% Mortal Engines (2018) The Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi movie isn't great, but it's fun where it counts. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
71% Galveston (2018) Galveston is a neo-noir model of narrative efficiency anchored by excellent work by two of our finest actors, and a film that will hopefully serve as Laurent's introduction to the world of English-language cinema as something other than an actress. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [Be it] 'Spectacular' or 'Amazing' or 'Astonishing' or 'Sensational' or 'Ultimate': No matter your Spider-Descriptor, the movie's still great. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
86% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) [It's] an engrossing horror-drama about the mask - or, well, the uniform - of sanity and what happens when it's given the legal authority to slip. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
100% Wolfman's Got Nards (2018) Despite the bevy of interesting information scattered throughout, the film drags its feet quite a bit, and it feels oddly shaggy. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
94% The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018) Even if the documentary is content with [mediocrity] , it's ... powerful to see how he's changed [people's lives] just by the virtue of showing up and listening to them. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
76% The Devil's Doorway (2018) Clarke's skillful direction and palpable sympathy for these women prevents The Devil's Doorway from falling down an exploitation black hole. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
81% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) It's an engaging and pretty little film, one that fits comfortably in the ranks of other "Last Man on Earth" stories like The Quiet Earth or Z for Zachariah. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) The brilliance of this particular work is how it uses its genre trappings to strip away so much of the [stuff] that throttles films about older actors. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
80% Overlord (2018) Avery and company manage to maintain [an] E.C. Comics luridness in the tone ... and thanks to this, Overlord manages to [hit] that perfect sweet spot. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) It's The Madness of King George filtered through the alienating wealth of Roeg's Man Who Fell to Earth. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
59% The House That Jack Built (2018) The House that Jack Built, despite the panic that arose in its wake, is pretty much von Trier's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, a reckoning between a public persona and the person beneath it. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) [Knight] replaces Bay's occasionally enticing flair with a series of ... uninteresting visual and storytelling choices that have been seemingly dictated by ... focus groups. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
94% CAM (2018) Cam is as much a respectful portrait of a section of an [much-maligned] industry as it is a horror film. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
79% Alpha (2018) Yes, it's Old Yeller meets Hell in the Pacific, and I wish the movie were half as good as that logline suggests it would be. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) It's about as edgy as a perfect sphere. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
87% High Life (2019) It's proof positive that no matter the genre or the language or the actors she uses, [Denis is] one of the most capable masters of the craft that we have working today. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
33% Between Worlds (2018) [A] bizarro b-movie stacked to the gills with odd choices and silly moments that still somehow manages not to be terrible. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
83% Her Smell (2019) Once again, Perry has crafted a brilliant showcase for Moss. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
72% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer isn't a truly bad film, it's just well below the standards of Kusama's prior work. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is too short to be particularly egregious ... but it never manages to be worth the time of the ... talents assembled for it. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
95% In Fabric (2018) Strickland has always had a strong command of his particular visual talents, and this may be his ultimate expression of them. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
61% Teen Spirit (2019) It's all gloss and glitter that, despite Fanning's incredible talents, never really shines. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
87% Climax (2019) It's often an overwhelming experience, but it is one that is never exhausting. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
71% Greta (2019) [Huppert] just goes for broke and single-handedly elevates a painfully mediocre thriller into something kind of mesmerizing. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
44% Donnybrook (2019) How do you manage to make [this] premise - which I was happily on board with until the first 10 minutes dragged by - as boring as this is? - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) ...Gordon Green and company have succeeded wildly and, on top of everything, have managed to add a cathartic message about surviving trauma to the proceedings. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s is a beautiful tribute to skate culture. - Vanyaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018