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Jonathan Kim

ReThink Review: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas -- Asian Americans, in 3D!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.04.2012 | Home
Jonathan Kim

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is a return to form, with the plot's clear and single-minded focus echoing the first film's mission for munchies.

ReThink Review: Margin Call -- 'Twas the Night Before the Meltdown...

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.01.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film Margin Call takes us inside a lightly fictionalized stand-in for Lehman Brothers called HMS, where a young risk analyst discovers the math that proves HMS' imminent demise.

ReThink Review: 50/50 -- Seth Rogen Grows Up (Sort of) for Cancer Comedy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film 50/50 is about a man facing cancer, but this is not your standard terminal illness/embrace life tearjerker.

ReThink Review: Moneyball -- Hate Baseball? No Problem!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.27.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Moneyball is about baseball. But it is about baseball about as much as The Social Network is about building a website -- not very much. And as someone who doesn't like baseball, I absolutely loved it.

ReThink Review: Drive -- Stuck In Neutral

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you've seen any of the ads for Drive, starring Ryan Gosling as a nameless stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman for hire, you'd probably think it is a darker, more artsy installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise.

ReThink Review: Contagion -- Hug a Scientist (If You Dare)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.09.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The new film Contagion tracks the first several weeks as a new virus sweeps the world, killing the infected in a matter of days. But what makes Contagion so unique and powerful is that the virus is only briefly the villain.

ReThink Review: One Day -- A Revenge Fantasy for Women Who Love Jerks

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

One Day isn't so much a romance movie as it is an emotional revenge fantasy for women who've had the misfortune of falling for jerks.

ReThink Review: 30 Minutes or Less -- On Casual Diversity

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.12.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The thing about Aziz Ansari's character, Chet, is that being Indian is not even a minor part of Chet's character. In fact, the role of Chet could've been played by an actor of any race -- and that's what I find exciting.

ReThink Review: The Devil's Double -- An Astonishing Performance

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dominic Cooper's stunning dual performance as Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein is unlike anything I've ever seen before, playing both kidnapper and captive, owner and slave, criminal and witness, with two utterly distinct, mesmerizing performances.

ReThink Interview: Errol Morris, Director of Tabloid

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.16.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Tabloid tells the story of Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose obsession with a man named Kirk Anderson led her to fly to England to bring him back. What happened after that depends on whether you believe Joyce or the British tabloids.

ReThink Interview: Chris Weitz, Director of A Better Life

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.01.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you had just directed a movie that went on to gross over $700 million worldwide, what would you direct next? Director Chris Weitz chose to make a small movie from a screenplay that had been languishing for over 20 years.

ReThink Interview: Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz, Makers of Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? looks at possible causes of colony collapse disorder as well as the millennia-old relationship between bees and humans that had been so mutually beneficial for so long.

ReThink Review: A Better Life -- Chasing A Truck and the American Dream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.24.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A Better Life reveals the truth that immigrants are perhaps the purest reflection of the American dream, which isn't to become a millionaire, but to improve the lives of their families through hard work.

ReThink Review: The Art of Getting By -- Smells Like Teen Angst

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.23.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Ever since the 1951 book The Catcher In the Rye, stories about angsty, alienated, financially secure (mostly male) teenagers in existential crisis over "what it all means" have become a staple of movies, TV and literature.

ReThink Review: The First Grader -- Reading, Writing and Rebellion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The First Grader tells the true story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old veteran of Kenya's Mau Mau Uprising who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest primary school student.

ReThink Review: Everything Must Go -- Will Ferrell Gets Serious

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.11.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I thought Everything Must Go would be a hard sell with audiences, as fans of Ferrell's raunchy comedies are put off by the film's serious tone while drama lovers keep their distance, but there's a lot to like in this small, thoughtful movie.

Atlas Chugged! The Inevitable Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 Drinking Game

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

The rules of Atlas Chugged, as with most drinking games, are simple. It's sure to keep your mind occupied as you watch the film while your heart is being filled with disdain for the poor.

ReThink Review: Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 -- Who Is John Galt? And Who Cares?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Atlas Shrugged is like what would happen if The Da Vinci Code and the Twilight books had a baby, and then Republicans decided that baby should be the basis for running history's most powerful country.

ReThink Review: Your Highness -- Ye Olde Stoner Flick

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Your Highness is certainly an original film for its genre, but is it any good, with or without the use of dangerous Schedule I controlled substances?

ReThink Review: Trust -- Parenting and Adolescence Online

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.01.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

David Schwimmer's film Trust is one of the most honest, impressive films about adolescence and parenting in the Internet age that I've seen.

Mars Needs Moms and the Uncanny Valley

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.28.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Naturally, such a spectacular flop has caused furious head scratching as studio executives try to figure out what happened so future films can avoid a similar fate.

ReThink Review: Limitless -- Underachiever? There's a Pill for That

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Limitless is a clever, exciting, surprisingly funny film where I honestly didn't know what would happen next.

ReThink Review: Mars Needs Moms -- Appreciate Your Mom, Or Else!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In Mars Needs Moms Milo's true journey isn't to the red planet and back, but to learn to appreciate the often thankless work of being a good parent.

ReThink Review: The Adjustment Bureau -- Love, Fate and Magic Hats

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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Docu-Drama: Surprises and Snubs for the Best Documentary Oscar

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's a good time to dust off your queue and take a look at some of the best documentaries of 2010 while we can still remember them.