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Jonathan Kim

ReThink Review: Steve Jobs -- Steve Jobs, Dramatized

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.23.2015 | 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 10.16.2015 | 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 10.09.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 09.26.2015 | Gay 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 09.18.2015 | 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 09.04.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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.

ReThink Review: The Hunting Ground -- Sexual Assault and the Colleges That Won't Stop It

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you still think rape culture is some sort of exaggerated feminist faux-conspiracy, The Hunting Ground will dissuade you of that belief.

ReThink Review: Fresh Off the Boat (eps. 1-4) - Thanks, Asian America Needed That

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A fish-out-of-water story about a family trying to fit in and run a successful business hardly sounds like anything new. But the fact that the family in question is Asian American in a show where race and cultural differences are unapologetically (and hilariously) omnipresent makes FOTB a true gamechanger.

ReThink Review: Fifty Shades of Grey -- Why Now?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Timing and technology may have conspired to make a story like Fifty Shades of Grey a runaway success, but its poor grasp of bondage and dominant/submissive power dynamics may send a dangerous message farther and faster than we would ever want.

ReThink Review: American Sniper -- Can There Be Heroes on the Wrong Side of History?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I see soldier worship as harmful because it so easily morphs into support for wars, no matter how unjust, by letting our affection for our fellow citizens in uniform and our desire to see them come home alive obscure the truth behind what they're supposedly fighting and dying for, which is rarely as black and white as we are told or wish it to be.

ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Kim

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.

ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I guess I'm saying that now I understand those list-making lovers of obscure films, and to prove it, I'd like to express my affection for Young Ones, a film written and directed by Jake Paltrow that you almost certainly haven't heard of but definitely shouldn't miss.

ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.

ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.

ReThink Review: The Skeleton Twins -- Movie Siblings (Finally) Done Right

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Skeleton Twins has an indie spirit, but it's also a fun crowd pleaser that's a real star turn for Bill Hader and proof that he's more than ready for leading man duties in comedies or dramas.

ReThink Review: The One I Love -- A Strained Relationship Gets Strange

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.22.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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.

ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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".

ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy -- An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Purge had interesting ideas but ultimately failed as the horror film it was marketed as. But with Anarchy, the pretense of being a horror movie seems to have been abandoned, leaving something pretty unique: a political allegory dystopian action thriller that slyly attacks conservative ideology.