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Jonathan Kim is an independent film critic. He writes and produces movie reviews for ReThinkReviews.net, 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 bravenewfilms.org and foxattacks.com 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.

email Jonathan at: ReThinkReviews@gmail.com

Entries by Jonathan Kim

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

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 5:06 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 | 5:19 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

(46) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 3:26 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 | 10:12 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 | 9:06 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 | 2:52 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 | 10:17 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 | 3:17 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 | 2:12 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 | 3:39 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 | 4:14 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

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 4:26 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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ReThink Review: Love & Mercy -- Mental Illness on the Beach

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:09 PM

The songs we love have an almost magical ability to access our hearts, memories, and souls, which explains why humans will always be fascinated by musicians and filmmakers will continue to make movies about them. But despite directors' best efforts, the mystery of how music originates in a musician's mind...

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ReThink Review: Welcome to Me -- Mental Illness on the Air

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:42 PM

After the breakout success of 2011's Bridesmaids, it seemed like Kristen Wiig could write her own ticket. Not only had she co-written and starred in the year's most successful and beloved comedy, but the film was heralded as incontrovertible proof that not only were women funny(!), but that female-led comedies...

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ReThink Review: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - The Man Inside the Wail

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 3:44 PM

The moment I learned of Kurt Cobain's death is among those very rare flashbulb memories I've accumulated in my life. I was visiting a college in Minnesota with my mom, and as we walked through a gym full of exercise equipment, I heard just the tail end of...

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ReThink Review: Clouds of Sils Maria -- Actors Can Be Smart

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 10:08 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

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 7:25 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 | 8:46 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 | 8:31 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 | 1:49 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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