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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: Clouds of Sils Maria -- Actors Can Be Smart

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 9:08 AM

With our celebrity/gossip culture more powerful, invasive, and ubiquitous than it's ever been in history, it's easy to think that famous actors are simply spoiled troublemakers who make vast fortunes based on their looks and playing pretend in often crummy projects so they can squander their millions through lawsuits, divorces,...

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ReThink Review: Ex Machina -- Our Androids, Ourselves

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 6:25 AM

There is little doubt that humanity is hurtling ever closer to true artificial intelligence, with millions of us already using approximations of AI on our smartphones through digital assistants like Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft's Cortana. The arrival of AI appears so imminent that tech and science luminaries like...

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ReThink Review: Danny Collins -- A Beatle's Letter, A Better Life

(7) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 7:46 AM

Al Pacino is rightfully considered one of the world's greatest living actors, though you couldn't be faulted for not remembering a truly great Pacino performance in the past decade or so. Part of that is because, even now in his mid 70s, he keeps getting cast as detectives, gangsters, and...

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ReThink Review: The Hunting Ground -- Sexual Assault and the Colleges That Won't Stop It

(4) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 7:31 AM

Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering's documentary about sexual assault in the military, The Invisible War, was deservedly nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 2013. Now the duo is back with The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault on America's college campuses that serves as...

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ReThink Review: Fresh Off the Boat (eps. 1-4) - Thanks, Asian America Needed That

(14) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 12:49 PM

When I hear white Republicans rail and lament the fact that "real" (meaning "white") America is being devoured by Obama's new, scary, diverse, multi-cultural America where whites are now the discriminated-against minority, I have a few questions I want to ask them:

  1. If you hear about a new TV...
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ReThink Review: Fifty Shades of Grey -- Why Now?

(5) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:40 AM

The record-breaking international phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey, the book about an inexperienced young woman's journey into bondage and submission at the hands of a troubled young billionaire, continues to roll on with the release of the long-awaited film version of the best-selling novel. Critics largely panned the...

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ReThink Review: American Sniper -- Can There Be Heroes on the Wrong Side of History?

(9) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 7:28 AM

If you've followed my reviews for these years, you know that one of my biggest pet peeves in American films (and America in general) is our unhealthy, dangerous worship of soldiers, where every American soldier is considered a hero who defends American freedom even...

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ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre

(17) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 6:59 AM

Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays too far from accepted (or at least favored) interpretations. Ridley Scott's Moses epic Exodus: Gods and Kings...

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ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:24 PM

When I was a kid, it always frustrated me to read a movie critic's best-of-the-year list to find it full of movies I'd never heard of, usually foreign films or small independent ones that weren't advertised on TV and didn't make it to the multiplexes in the suburbs where I...

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ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

(25) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 8:17 AM

A lot of people interested in race issues (including myself) have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Dear White People, a film about a group of black students at a mostly white university that was funded through Indiegogo and eventually made it to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where its...

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ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 8:17 AM

Sometimes it's comforting when I write a movie review, then head over to Rotten Tomatoes to find that the majority of critics seem to share my assessment. It affirms that I'm not alone or crazy since other smart people agree with me -- safety in numbers. But it can be...

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An Open Letter to My Neighbors Regarding Drought and My Dead, Weedy Lawn

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:57 AM

Dear Neighbors,

Hello! My name is Jonathan Kim and I have been living at the house on the corner of _____ and _____ since December 2011. I had previously lived in an apartment just two blocks from my current location, and I am very glad that I decided to stay...

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ReThink Review: The Skeleton Twins -- Movie Siblings (Finally) Done Right

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Considering the fact that most people on the planet have siblings, you'd think that the movie industry would do a better job of portraying sibling relationships. But as far as I can remember, only two films have come close to getting it right: 2000's You Can Count On...

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ReThink Review: The One I Love -- A Strained Relationship Gets Strange

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:06 AM

The One I Love is one of those perfect indie gems you feel lucky for finding, and it's yet another example of how an interesting premise, real emotion, and a few great actors will trump big budgets, special effects, and star power every time. That's because The One I Love,...

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ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 4:56 AM

If you hear that there's a biopic coming out about an influential African-American icon, the six words you don't want to hear connected to it are "From the director of The Help". That's because despite The Help's box office and critical success, a lot of progressive-minded people (including myself) were...

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ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy -- An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:58 PM

In 2013, The Purge surprised the movie industry by making almost $90 million at the box office -- a feat made even more impressive (and profitable) considering the film's $3 million budget. A possible reason for the film's overachievement might have been that The Purge, while marketed as a horror...

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ReThink Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- Can't We All Just Get Along?

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 3:51 PM

I was originally pretty suspicious of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, especially after Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 reboot and the overall campiness of the original films. But as I watched Rise, I soon became enthralled by the world and mind of Caesar, the CG technology that made...

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ReThink Review: Life Itself -- On Roger Ebert and Why I Review Movies

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 9:08 AM

For most movie critics living today, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert is their patron saint. While I rarely read his reviews, I know that he's influenced me more than I even know, starting from when I was a little kid watching At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert,...

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When Life Gives Your Neighbor Lemons, Ask for Some

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 8:17 AM


While on my daily dog walks, I noticed a house a block north of me that has a Meyer lemon tree in its front yard. In case you didn't know, orange-gold Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and a...

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ReThink Review: Obvious Child: Abortions In Movies Shouldn't Always Be Tragedies

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:37 PM

For democrats and people who believe women should be able to control their own bodies, abortion has been a key issue in the sadly enduring battle for women's rights. However, that hasn't stopped supposedly liberal, godless Hollywood from consistently portraying abortion not as a reasonable, arguably responsible option, but as...

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