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Jonathan Kim

ReThink Review: American Honey - Youth Lost, Found, and Transcended

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.30.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Two of the most enduring subjects in films are the road trip and a young person's coming of age, and Cannes Jury Prizewinner American Honey addresses ...

ReThink Review: Hell Or High Water -- A Texas Crime Thriller is 2016's Big Score

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While a movie needs a strong story and distinct characters to be good, it's often the addition of a sense of time and place that makes a movie great. ...

ReThink Review: Captain Fantastic - the Pros and Cons of Idealistic Parenting

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.15.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you want to have kids, you've probably fantasized about how you would raise them and what values you would instill (or install?) in them. How much ...

ReThink Review -- X-Men: Apocalypse -- Marvel/FOX Closes the Gap With Marvel/Disney

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While I eventually became uninterested in the original X-Men movies, X-Men: Apocalypse now has me excited and curious to see where this franchise might go, how screenwriters will weave the storyline into recent history, and how its talented cast might reinvent and deepen their characters.

ReThink Review: Weiner -- A Sex Scandal By Any Other Name

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.24.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Like most documentaries, Weiner won't blow you away with its cinematography or production value. But it's packed full of the most important currency documentaries can possess that scripted films can't provide: access.

ReThink Review: A Bigger Splash - When An Icon Plays An Icon

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With the unexpected deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Prince before 2016 is even half over, it's hard not to feel like artists whose talents, p...

Who Would You Nominate for President If Your Candidate Couldn't Lose?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Kim

Democrats have been handed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put our dream candidate in the White House, with no compromises for "electability", and have that candidate put the Supreme Court solidly in liberal control for decades.

ReThink Review: Where to Invade Next -- Michael Moore's Promised Land(s)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While Moore's previous films utilized satire and gallows humor to show how bad things in America really are, Where to Invade Next smartly assumes you already know America's pain points and doesn't dwell on them long.

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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Coens' latest film Hail, Caesar! has the brothers returning to some of their favorite territory: kidnappings, old Hollywood, and the screwball comedy. And, as usual, it's a Coen brothers film through and through.

ReThink Review: The Revenant -- Survival, Revenge, and Little Else

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.08.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Watching a grizzled, greasy DiCaprio spend roughly two hours dragging, bleeding, drooling, groaning, and shivering himself across a frozen landscape could hardly be described as engaging storytelling.

ReThink Review: The Hateful Eight -- Reservoir Cowboys

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Tarantino's films can only really be compared to each other, and the Hateful Eight serves as an excellent progress report for how Tarantino has and hasn't evolved as a filmmaker.

ReThink Review: "Brooklyn" -- A (White, Christian, Anglophone) Immigrant's Tale

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Brooklyn is a fine, well-acted, technically-proficient, inoffensive film that is very easy to like. But when a white Christian immigrant in a movie is extended more compassion, understanding, and humanity than actual non-white Muslims fleeing for their lives, we should all wonder why.

ReThink Review: Steve Jobs -- Steve Jobs, Dramatized

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.23.2016 | Technology
Jonathan Kim

I understand creative license and why films need to condense, simplify, fudge, and invent to create drama, but is there a point where this can be considered excessively dishonest?

ReThink Review: Room - A World to Create, Protect, and Discover

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.16.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Room is one of the year's most surprising and touching movies, which could have never happened without Larson and Tremblay's totally believable performances that turn the story of a horrifying kidnapping into a celebration of the transcendent bonds between parents and their children.

ReThink Review: Knock Knock -- Eli Roth's Anti-Infidelity PSA

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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 horror prince Eli Roth and starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, and Roth's real-life wife Lorenza Izzo.

ReThink Review: The Martian -- Is Matt Damon the Next Tom Hanks?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.01.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Both actors can handle comedy and drama, have been in a nice mix of Oscar contenders and crowd pleasers, do funny stuff on late night shows, and both display an effortless, non-threatening, regular-guy appeal that makes them easy to relate to and root for.

ReThink Review: Stonewall - Don't Boycott It. Just Skip It

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan Kim

While I sympathize with those calling for a boycott of Stonewall, I personally don't support a boycott. However, I don't think ANYONE should see Stonewall. Not because of its politics or revisionism, but because Stonewall is a terrible movie. Like really, really terrible.

ReThink Review: Everest -- The Question at the Top of the World

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.17.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Everest has a lot going for it, and I'm sure it'll satisfy those looking for a tense, exciting time at the movies. So why did Everest leave me feeling so flat?

ReThink Review -- Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine -- An Apple Hater's Manifesto

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.03.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Alex Gibney is befuddled by why average people would mourn the death of Steve Jobs, someone they'd never met who Gibney sees mostly as a jerk who ran an electronics company. But to see Jobs as only that not only misunderstands the man, but the world we live in today.

A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.01.2016 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

"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 looming over them.

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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

What I appreciate about Love & Mercy, the fantastic new film about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, is its assertion that true musical genius is an ineffable gift -- and potentially a curse -- bestowed upon the rare few.

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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.08.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I don't think Welcome to Me is trying to make any larger statements about the world or mental disorders, but the film is an interesting reflection on the role television continues to hold in our lives.

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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

An actor's preparation is one of the main subjects of the excellent Clouds of Sils Maria, where Stewart co-stars with the luminous Juliette Binoche in a film that reveals aspects of an actor's life few ever see.

ReThink Review: Ex Machina -- Our Androids, Ourselves

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

There are so many questions we don't seem to be asking right now about the arrival of these potentially intelligent machines. And that is the genius of Alex Garland's film Ex Machina, a must-see that is one of the best, smartest, and most elegant films about artificial intelligence ever made.

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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Danny Collins isn't just about showbiz. It's about family, regret, second chances, friendship, inspiration, perseverance, and artistic integrity in a film where all of the actors give some of their best performances I've seen in years.