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Ryan E. Johnson

Ryan E. Johnson is a theatre and film critic, who has written for,, and Austin Lifestyle Magazine.

Preacher Recap: ‘Call and Response’

Ryan E. Johnson on the season finale of AMC’s ‘Preacher.’

Preacher Recap: ‘Finish the Song’

“In many ways, the first season of AMC’s ‘Preacher’ has led to a slow descent into damnation for its characters.”

Preacher Recap: ‘El Valero’

“As it’s proven in its previous episodes, ‘Preacher’ is not a show that markets in hope, and all that Jesse has left in his wake so far is a boy sent to Hell, a lost church, broken relationships and a dead dog.”

Preacher Recap: ‘He Gone’

“Viewers surely know that it’s not God behind Jesse’s powers, and ‘Preacher’ is about to unveil what evils Jesse will allow himself in order to save his land, and his life.”

Review: Johnnie To’s ‘Three’

“To missteps when ‘Three’ hews too close to action clichés.”

Preacher Recap: ‘South Will Rise Again’

“The episode provides plenty of darkness, but what it also provides is a sense of understanding.”

Preacher Recap: ‘Monster Swamp’

“It’s the denial, the lack of judgement and the lack of consequences that run so rampant in the city which make the episode’s climax so powerful.”

Preacher Recap: ‘The Possibilities’

“With most of the series’ major villains now in play, if not all, it’s only a matter of time before Annville becomes the ‘Monster Swamp’ Root so fears.”

Preacher Recap: ‘Pilot’ and ‘See’

“It’s clear from the early stages of ‘Preacher’ that Rogen, Goldberg and Catlin are going to be taking a deliberate pace with the material.”

Review: Hong-jin Na’s ‘The Wailing’

“It’s a film that doesn’t so much scare as it harrows, boring deep into the psyche.”

Review: Laura Bispuri’s ‘Sworn Virgin’

“One problem with ‘Sworn Virgin’, particularly in its later stages, is a distinct lack of stakes.”

Review: Grímur Hákonarson’s ‘Rams’

“A great director can make us a care for characters wildly outside our realm of understanding, and Grímur Hákonarson may have proven himself such a director with his latest film, Rams.”

Review: Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s ‘Mustang’

“A film full of warmth and dread in equal measure, Mustang serves as a reminder of the power of siblinghood in the face of adversity.”

Review: Tetsuya Nakashima’s ‘The World of Kanako’

“For all its frenetic editing, energetic performances and twisty narrative structure, there is sadly an elephant in the room, and that’s the film’s treatment (or mistreatment) of women.”

Review: Alanté Kavaïté’s ‘The Summer of Sangaile’

“Not without its flaws, The Summer of Sangaile is a piece of breezy, sumptuous Sunday-afternoon enjoyment for those that don’t mind taking the time to watch the scenery and allow the story of gentle teenage love to wash over.”

Review: Guy Maddin’s ‘The Forbidden Room’

“Phantasmagoric and heady, The Forbidden Room is a film torn from the past, as Guy Maddin journeys even further into his own imagination, drawing out an original and enthralling journey through a kaleidoscope of different locales, time periods and genres.”