iOS app Android app

Movie Critic

ReThink Review: 'Life Itself' -- On Roger Ebert And Why I Review Movies

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm not a movie expert or someone trying to be what I think a critic is supposed to be, but simply a guy who loves movies and loves writing about them.

That Awkward Demise

Jon Eig | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

We are coming off the best year for American film in recent memory, so it seems strange to be predicting gloom and death right now. And predicating th...

LA Elba... Banishment

Peter Mehlman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

If you live in L.A., credibility is all you have. Not your personal or professional credibility -- but your movie recommendation credibility. A sterling reputation for great taste in movies is the L.A. equivalent of an spick-and-span credit rating.

Honoring Roger Ebert's Memory in the Movies We Watch

John Farr | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Given this environment, and the reverence inspired by the life and legacy of Roger Ebert, shouldn't we take to heart -- and put it into practice -- what he stood for?

Life's Just a Comic Book: Thor, and Hollywood's Monetization of Mediocrity

John Farr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This weekend's release reflects the industry's increasing reliance on that forbidden joy of my childhood -- the comic book -- to justify its existence. But many of the nation's critics readily drank the Thor Kool-Aid.

ReThink Review: Blue Valentine -- NC-17? Really?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Blue Valentine has been receiving a smattering of Oscar buzz for its two stars, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, for their gritty, un-Hollywood por...

ReThink Review: Gasland -- Is Your Tap Water Flammable?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A man holds a lighter up to a running faucet, only to have the water burst into a fireball that comes perilously close to engulfing the man's torso in...

Woody Allen: Crimes, Misdemeanors and Bad Box Office

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

On the eve of the release of his latest motion picture, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Woody Allen goes on trial for making the same movie over and over again, testing the endurance of a once-faithful audience.

ReThink Review: DIRT! The Movie -- Love the Earth, Literally

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Earth Day has come and gone, and while many of us took time to think about our planet, we were probably focused on the things that happen on its surfa...

ReThink Review: Bulletproof Salesman -- Warzone Safety For Sale

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Due to its scarcity, safety may be the most precious commodity of all in a warzone. And since scarcity raises prices, it's the rich and well connected...

ReThink Review: Toy Story 3

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

This past Saturday, I had one of those moviegoing experiences that reminds you of what makes going to the movies such a special experience, and why we...

ReThink Interview: Daniel Ellsberg -- the Most Dangerous Man in America Speaks, Part Two

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The second part of my interview with Daniel Ellsberg, the true American hero who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

ReThink Interview with Daniel Ellsberg: The Most Dangerous Man in America Speaks (Part One)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was enthralled by The Most Dangerous Man in America, and when I was told that Ellsberg would be in Los Angeles for a week in late September and would be available for an interview, I jumped at the chance.

ReThink Review: District 9 -- Earthlings Aren't Easy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

My ReThink Review of Neill Blomkamp's excellent film, District 9, and why its creativity and social/political commentary make it a modern classic.

ReThink Review: Capitalism: A Love Story -- A Must-See Subversion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

An excoriating critique of America's economic ideology, Capitalism may go down as one of the most timely and subversive films in movie history

ReThinking Norma Rae: A Union Icon Falls Fighting the Healthcare Industry

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

We should be thankful that Crystal Lee Sutton's struggle to help the working poor has been immortalized in a film as great as Norma Rae for generations to enjoy and be inspired by.

ReThinking Thank You for Smoking: Tobacco's Last Action Hero?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Obama administration just passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. So Will the Nick Naylors of the world soon become extinct? Not by a long shot.

ReThinking The Times of Harvey Milk: You Earned Your Medal, and a Lot More

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Obama is awarding a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- to Harvey Milk.

ReThink Review: Food, Inc. -- Food as Political Unified Theory

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm sure most Americans have no idea how truly screwed up our food system is, and when they find out, they'll start looking for alternatives.

ReThinking The Iron Giant: Cold War Anti-Gun Fun...For Kids!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

What's an anti-violence parent/babysitter to do? Isn't there a kids' movie out there that's fun and adventurous while advocating non-violence?

Rethinking the Fog of War: McNamara, the Movie, the Monster

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Most of The Fog of War "lessons" reflect the powerful and painful humility of a man who knows he has made grave mistakes with graver consequences.

Review: Frost/Nixon (2008)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

There is something almost nostalgic about a time when citizens were actively outraged by shenanigans in the highest office, and partisan politics took a temporary backseat to do something about it.