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ReThink Review: This Is 40 - Marriage Is Hard!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While most movies would make sure every conflict gets settled and tied up with a neat bow, This Is 40 takes a more realistic approach to marriage and life by saying that sometimes you face problems you don't know how to solve.

ReThink Review: Hyde Park on Hudson - Infidelity and Hot Dog Diplomacy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's not a biopic nor is it a dense procedural like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, but instead showcases the politics of perception and interpersonal relationships, contrasted with quieter, more intimate moments away from the media and others.

ReThink Review: Killing Them Softly - Criminal Confidence

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Killing Them Softly does a wonderful job of creating a realistic, lived-in world in the post-Katrina wreckage of New Orleans, without a lot of frills or even much music. While it is no fast-paced bulletfest, when the violence comes, it's scary, gory, and brutal, as it should be.

ReThink Review: Life of Pi -- Of Gods and Tigers

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Life of Pi is more about the nuts and bolts of a teenager surviving at sea and bonding with a tiger than a spiritual quest that asks hard questions about the wisdom, will, and existence of God.

ReThink Interview: James Balog and Jeff Orlowski of Chasing Ice

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

If you need more immediate, visceral evidence of climate change besides countless articles, studies, and your impressive command of the facts, you should direct wayward Thanksgiving guests to the new documentary Chasing Ice.

ReThink Review: Red Dawn - Somehow, the North Koreans Are Coming!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.26.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A few weeks ago, I told a friend that I'd bet most North Korean soldiers would probably surrender for a few Big Macs and an iPhone 3GS. That's why the 2012 reboot of the 1984 cult classic Red Dawn strikes me as being so dumb.

ReThink Interview: Katie Dellamaggiore and Alexis Parades of Brooklyn Castle

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film follows five students, showing the impact chess and being on the team has on their lives, and how those gains may be erased when the economic meltdown forces budget cuts that may hamper the team's ability to compete at the highest levels.

ReThink Review: Lincoln - The Perfect Film for the Post-Election Hangover?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Lincoln may be what America needs right now to remind us what politics, for all its messy, dispiriting ugliness, can and should be about -- doing the right, moral thing to better us all.

ReThink Review: A Late Quartet -- Strings, Bows, and Arrows

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.02.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Maybe you're like me and know next to nothing about classical music, string quartets, and the men and women who perform it. But none of those things kept me from enjoying A Late Quartet, an impressive indie film.

ReThink Review: Cloud Atlas - Free Time

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.26.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Would the Wachowskis redeem themselves with another reality-twisting mindbender? Or would Cloud Atlas prove that The Matrix was truly a fluke?

Neighbor Admits To Shooting And Sexually Assaulting Whitney Heichel: Affidavit

AP | STEVEN DUBOIS | Posted 10.24.2012 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man accused of killing an Oregon barista told police he fatally shot the woman after kidnapping her and forcing her to perform a s...

ReThink Review: Brooklyn Castle - Making Chess Club Cool

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's impossible to watch Brooklyn Castle and think that a program like this and the kids who benefit from it should be sacrificed so multi-millionaires can get a tax cut, so hopefully this scrappy, inspiring doc and its chess wizards get all the attention they deserve.

ReThink Review: Argo - Blowback to the Future

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With an impressive 91 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, Argo has been receiving some Oscar buzz, with some critics claiming it's one of the year's best films.

ReThink Review: Wuthering Heights - Modernized Classic

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Oscar-winner Andrea Arnold has pulled off something very special with her adaptation of Emily Brontë's literary classic Wuthering Heights -- she's made a story that's over 150 years old feel modern without modernizing it.

ReThink Interview: Eugene Jarecki, Director of The House I Live In

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.03.2012 | Crime
Jonathan Kim

Eugene Jarecki's powerful documentary The House I Live In looks at the human consequences of the drug war's failure, which has left the African American community as collateral damage.

ReThink Review: The Iran Job -- Basketball Diplomacy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.28.2012 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

While the team's struggle to reach the playoffs provides The Iran Job's structure, the film's unexpected heart is Kevin's friendship with three Iranian women -- his physical therapy nurse, Hilda, and her friends Laleh and Elaheh.

ReThink Review: The Perks of Being A Wallflower -- Adapted With Love

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film's palpable sense of honesty and authenticity is surely due to the fact that Chbosky not only wrote the film's screenplay, but also directed Perks in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

ReThink Review: The Master -- It's Amazing, But Barely About Scientology

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.18.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A lot has been said about whether the Cause is code for Scientology. Anderson drew a lot of inspiration from L. Ron Hubbard and the origins of Scientology, but to say that The Master is about Scientology misses the point.

ReThink Interview: Jake Schreier and Christopher Ford, Director and Writer of Robot & Frank

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.31.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The movie Robot & Frank tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Frank, an aging former cat burglar, and a nameless eldercare robot. But Robot & Frank is no hypothetical sci-fi flight of fancy.

ReThink Review: Sleepwalk With Me -- A Comedian's Wake Up Call

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Sleepwalk With Me is a really wonderful, poignant, funny, and very original film from a unique and honest voice that shows its main character not as a hero, victim, or saint, but as a real person who makes mistakes, and sometimes big, hurtful, avoidable ones.

ReThink Review: The Campaign -- Mock the Vote

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Campaign exceeded my expectations by ignoring partisan politics and instead poking fun at the realities of modern campaigning, the role of wealthy donors, our gaffe-obsessed media, and, in the end, on voters themselves.

ReThink Review: The Bourne Legacy - A Spy Is(n't) Bourne

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The studio tried to figure out how to make a Bourne movie without Bourne, but could it feel like anything other than a cynical attempt to squeeze more dollars from a finished franchise?

ReThink Review: The Watch

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.26.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Watch is obviously fiction, but sadly, when unstable people can buy such powerful weapons, we need to do more than just hope that they'll only be aimed at bad guys and aliens.

ReThink Review: The Dark Knight Rises - Haunted by the Ghost of Villains Past

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Dark Knight Rises is very impressive and definitely worth seeing, but without a once-in-a-lifetime performance like Ledger's Joker to provide the pulse, we'll have to be content with a final chapter that certainly delivers, but in a trilogy that peaked in the middle.

ReThink Review: The Amazing Spider-Man -- Slightly Different, Hardly Amazing

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why would Sony, which owns the rights to the Spider-Man character, feel that it was a good time to reboot the series with The Amazing Spider-Man? As you probably guessed, it has something to do with money.