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Jonathan Kim
Jonathan Kim is an independent film critic. He writes and produces movie reviews for, which focuses on the political aspects of current and past films. He is a regular guest on Cenk Uygur's Air America/XM radio show, the Young Turks, where Jonathan discusses movies and the political issues raised by them. Jonathan has also made appearances on MSNBC, Uprising Radio, Radar Online and Meet the Bloggers.

Jonathan was formerly a Co-Producer at Brave New Films. He co-produced and sometimes edited the Fox Attacks video series and blogged for the and websites under his nom de guerre, DJK. Jonathan was also an associate producer on BNF's latest documentary, Rethink Afghanistan. Before joining Brave New Films in May of 2007, Jonathan worked as a ranch hand on a small ranch in Santa Barbara wine country, where his duties included general maintenance, gardening, and tending the ranch's goats, zebras and chickens. During his three and a half years there, Jonathan also produced and directed a series of anti-recruitment ads and several documentaries with the Santa Ynez Chumash tribe. Prior to that, Jonathan attended the Vancouver Film School and worked as a copywriter and hand model for the Sharper Image. Jonathan also does stand-up comedy in Los Angeles.

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Entries by Jonathan Kim

ReThink Review: Captain Fantastic - the Pros and Cons of Idealistic Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 1:20 AM

If you want to have kids, you've probably fantasized about how you would raise them and what values you would instill (or install?) in them. How much daily screen time would they get? Would you only want them to eat organic foods? Which books, movies, and TV shows would you...

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ReThink Review - The Purge: Election Year - Murder For 'Murica

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 4:08 AM

No one is more surprised than I am that I've become such a big fan of The Purge films, which take place in a not-too-distant future where the government sanctions a yearly 12-hour lawless period so Americans can "cleanse" themselves of their murderous rage. While the...

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ReThink Review -- X-Men: Apocalypse -- Marvel/FOX Closes the Gap With Marvel/Disney

(11) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 7:54 AM

For almost a decade now, Marvel Studios has been the gold standard in the wave of superhero movies that has dominated the international box office and reshaped the way studios develop and produce their tentpole franchises. While other studios have made plenty of money with their own superhero franchises, none...

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ReThink Review: Weiner -- A Sex Scandal By Any Other Name

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:21 AM

Most kids couldn't survive the embarrassment of growing up with a last name like Weiner and hope to emerge with their souls and spirits intact. At the same time, a lot of politicians couldn't expect to salvage their political careers if they were caught in an embarrassing sex scandal, especially...

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ReThink Review: A Bigger Splash - When An Icon Plays An Icon

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 1:57 AM

With the unexpected deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Prince before 2016 is even half over, it's hard not to feel like artists whose talents, personas, and even appearances could best be described as "otherworldly" are disappearing from the world. It's as if benign aliens living among us are...

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5 Things Hillary Supporters Don't Get About Bernie Supporters

(229) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 4:47 AM

My few friends who support Hillary Clinton seem to be confused by my many friends who support Bernie Sanders. The following are the five questions Hillary fans seem most befuddled by:

1. Why are Bernie fans attacking Hillary when Berners' (and all Democrats') #1 priority should be defeating Trump or...
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Who Would You Nominate for President If Your Candidate Couldn't Lose?

(8) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 4:09 AM

Democratic voters have a big decision in front of them today with the arrival of Super Tuesday, when roughly a dozen states hold democratic primaries/caucuses. Hillary Clinton currently has the lead in pledged delegates with 90, but Bernie Sanders is still close with 65, especially when you consider that 880...

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ReThink Review: Where to Invade Next -- Michael Moore's Promised Land(s)

(19) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 1:19 AM

For a lot of republicans, documentarian and activist Michael Moore is the worst, most dishonest, and most dangerous filmmaker ever. But when looking at his filmography, no one can dispute his track record for shining a light on issues several years before they're noticed by the corporate media or adopted...

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ReThink Review: Hail, Caesar! -- Classic Hollywood, Coen Style

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 4:06 AM

One of the great things about the filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Coen (aka the Coen brothers) is that you always know when you're watching one of their films. That's not true of many filmmakers, and for those few whose works fits that description, it can eventually become more...

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ReThink Review: The Revenant -- Survival, Revenge, and Little Else

(79) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 4:19 AM

Like last year, 2016 is looking like it'll be another Oscar season with no clear favorite for Best Picture (though I have a hunch that the small, excellent Room may be a surprise winner). But unlike 2015, I feel like 2016's Oscar season is one where the supposed...

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ReThink Review: The Hateful Eight -- Reservoir Cowboys

(44) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 2:26 AM

As its promotional material is fond of telling us, the Hateful Eight is only Quentin Tarantino's eighth film in his more than twenty-year career. However, few if any other filmmakers have had as much of an impact on film and television as Tarantino has. And his films are so distinct,...

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ReThink Review: Brooklyn -- A (White, Christian, Anglophone) Immigrant's Tale

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 9:12 AM

Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) who comes to Brooklyn in the early 1950s in search of opportunity and a better life. The film has earned a scorching 98% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned more than its share of Oscar buzz, with...

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ReThink Review: Steve Jobs -- Steve Jobs, Dramatized

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 8:06 AM

I've been both eagerly anticipating and warily dreading Steve Jobs, the latest movie about Apple founder Steve Jobs, ever since I heard that Aaron Sorkin would be writing the screenplay. Sorkin writes some of the best dialogue in the business, proven by movies I love that he's written like A...

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ReThink Review: Room - A World to Create, Protect, and Discover

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Actress Brie Larson had mostly been over-achieving in supporting roles until grabbing Hollywood's attention in 2013 in the fantastic indie film Short Term 12, where she took the lead playing a staff member at a foster care facility. That brought her roles supporting bigger stars, but if the...

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ReThink Review: Knock Knock -- Eli Roth's Anti-Infidelity PSA

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 9:17 AM

If you were married to a famous filmmaker and that person cheated on you, how would you make that person pay for it? One possibility is that you could force your philandering spouse to write and direct a movie like Knock Knock, an infidelity cautionary tale written and directed by...

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ReThink Review: The Martian -- Is Matt Damon the Next Tom Hanks?

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 2:17 AM

Until seeing The Martian, it had never occurred to me that Matt Damon might soon be younger generations' version of Tom Hanks. Both actors can handle comedy and drama, have been in a nice mix of Oscar contenders and crowd pleasers, do funny stuff on late...

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ReThink Review: Stonewall - Don't Boycott It. Just Skip It

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 1:12 AM

Controversy surrounding Roland Emmerich's gay rights historical drama Stonewall started early when the trailer was released. In it, we see the film's young hero, Danny (Jeremy Irvine), is the person who throws the fateful brick that shatters the window of Greenwich Village's Mafia-run Stonewall gay bar, a moment...

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ReThink Review: Everest -- The Question at the Top of the World

(10) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 2:39 AM

Fulfilling a dream or achieving something great often involves sacrifice and taking risks, with the assumption that the size of the goal is proportional to the amount of sacrifice and risk required to achieve it. With business goals, the risks are often financial, while physical/athletic goals might risk bodily harm....

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ReThink Review -- Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine -- An Apple Hater's Manifesto

(30) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 3:14 AM

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and the man credited with bringing both personal computers and advanced mobile electronics to the masses, died on October 5, 2011. But the battle to define both the man and his legacy is being waged right now in the form of several books and...

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A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:26 AM

"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now...

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