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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 Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:24 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 | 9:17 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 | 9:17 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 | 1:57 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 | 9:27 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 | 12:06 PM

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 | 5:56 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 | 3:58 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 | 4:51 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 | 10:08 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 | 9:17 AM

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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

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:37 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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ReThink Reviews: Night Moves -- Can You Go Too Far to Protect the Earth?

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Sorry, nostalgia fans. The new film Night Moves has nothing to do with Bob Seger's 1976 ode to combating sexual inexperience, nor is it a remake of the 1975 detective film starring Gene Hackman. In Kelly Reichardt's political thriller, Night Moves is the name of a...

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Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

(4) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 10:11 AM

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the documentary Farmland, which follows six young farmers and ranchers attempting to inject new blood into an industry where the average age keeps rising while their overall numbers are dropping. While I felt the film did a good job of showing how...

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Bottles, Bins, and Funnels: Gardening in a Drought With Water You Waste

(8) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 5:54 PM

I currently live in Los Angeles and have lived in California for most of my life, so I'm used to living with drought. I still remember as a small kid when my mom explained to me that I would now be taking showers instead of baths due to a lack...

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ReThink Review: Fed Up -- It's the Sugar, Stupid

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 9:39 AM

An admission: For the majority of my life, I've had little sympathy for the obese. It mostly stemmed from confusion -- I simply couldn't understand how people could allow themselves to get so big without multiple alarms going off in their heads that something had gone seriously wrong. Every glance...

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ReThink Review: 'Farmland' - Meet the Next Generation of Farmers

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 7:52 PM

If you try to imagine what a farm looks like, one of two images probably springs to mind. One would likely be an idyllic small farm from a bygone era (or from ads and food packaging) with a red barn, some happy animals, and a small plot of colorful vegetables...

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ReThink Review: Locke -- On Male Responsibility and Concrete

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:09 AM

While much has rightly been said and written about women's changing roles in society, the shifting responsibilities of men has earned considerably less airtime and digital ink. When men's main function was as the family's sole breadwinner and less was understood about childhood development, it was permissible (and often expected)...

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ReThink Review: Nymph()maniac vol. I and II -- When Sex Gets Unsexy

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Producer Mark Burnett's Jesus movie Son of God (my review here) that was released this year clocked in at two hours and eighteen minutes. But director Lars Von Trier knows that if you want to tell a story about someone important, like a nymphomaniac, you're going to need...

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ReThink Review: Divergent -- Just Be Yourself, Even in Dystopia

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Divergent is based on the best-selling first book of a popular teen sci-fi trilogy, though the reasons for its popularity will probably be lost on those (like myself) who haven't read them. That's because Divergent mostly seems like a knockoff of The Hunger Games, with both films sharing similar dystopian...

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