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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: 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

(7) 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

(28) 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

(0) 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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ReThink Review: Love & Mercy -- Mental Illness on the Beach

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:09 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 | 11:42 AM

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 | 2:44 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 | 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

(3) 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

(16) 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

(26) 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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