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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: 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

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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 | 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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ReThink Reviews: Night Moves -- Can You Go Too Far to Protect the Earth?

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:12 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 | 9:11 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 | 4:54 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 | 8:39 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 | 6:52 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 | 12:09 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 | 11:17 AM

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 | 10:18 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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ReThink Review: Son of God -- What Would Jesus Watch?

(8) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 7:14 AM

Ten years ago, I went to a movie theater to watch Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ with a friend of mine who is a doctor, curious to see if the charges of the film's anti-Semitism were true. As my friend and I watched the umpteenth scene of a...

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ReThink Review: RoboCop (2014) -- A Drone By Any Other Name

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Though it didn't appear on many/any end-of-the-year top 10 lists, I think my favorite movie of 2013 was Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's film about a not-too-distant future where the ultra-rich have fled a polluted, diseased, and overcrowded earth to live on an idyllic orbiting space station/gated community called Elysium,...

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ReThink Review: The Monuments Men - The Fine Art of War

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 5:31 AM

There are many reasons why people decide to go to war. In countries with mandatory military service, there is no choice. In other countries, some volunteer out of patriotism, tradition, job security, vengeance, desperation, or the lure of generous benefits. But would you ever travel to the front lines and...

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ReThink Review: If You Build It -- Helping Communities Through Design

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:33 AM

For most of my life, I never gave much thought to design beyond that gut feeling of what I thought looked nice or ugly. But as I got more interested in technology, and Apple in particular, I started to think of design differently, largely spurred by Steve Jobs' famous quote...

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ReThink Review: Like Father, Like Son -- A Realistic Take on Babies Switched at Birth

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 6:57 AM

The premise of children being switched at birth seems more like a relic of fables, legends, and lazily written comedies and soap operas. But that's what makes Like Father, Like Son, the Jury Prize winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, so terrific. It takes a seemingly far-fetched idea and...

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ReThink Review: Lone Survivor -- What Makes a War Hero?

(7) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 12:29 PM

It has been accepted as fact that when soldiers returned from Vietnam, they were greeted with a dousing of spit from anti-war protestors. While there's actually very little evidence that this ever happened, we've been taught that this alleged mistreatment of soldiers is the greatest sin of Vietnam...

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ReThink Review: The Wolf of Wall Street -- Why Depiction Isn't Endorsement

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 8:29 AM

In 2003, the American Film Institute ranked Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate raider played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street, as the 24th greatest movie villain of all time. But in an interview with WNYC, Douglas recounted how drunk stockbrokers would sometimes approach him in...

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ReThink Review: American Hustle -- David O. Russell Assembles His All-Stars

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 7:34 AM

It's hard to believe that writer/director David O. Russell's first feature film was an incest comedy called Spanking the Monkey. Now, with his track record of critically-acclaimed dramedies, he has his pick of Hollywood's A-list talent, some of whom reached that level because of him. So it's no surprise that...

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