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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.22.2014 | 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 08.01.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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.

ReThink Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- Can't We All Just Get Along?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was thrilled to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest chapter of a true rarity -- a big-budget summer franchise imbued not only with cutting-edge visual effects, but with a tremendous amount of soul and thought. But unfortunately, there were so many missed opportunities in Dawn that I left feeling disappointed.

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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.04.2014 | 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.

ReThink Reviews: Night Moves -- Can You Go Too Far to Protect the Earth?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Night Moves definitely works as a tense, lo-fi psychological thriller. But the environmental dimension is what gives Night Moves its interesting moral dimension, as well as informing the unique world where the film takes place.

ReThink Review: Fed Up -- It's the Sugar, Stupid

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Fed Up, which is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, begins much like a horror movie, as a montage of TV news anchors breathlessly describe a lethal affliction infecting millions of Americans across the country, sowing illness and death for increasing numbers of men, women, and children.

ReThink Review: 'Farmland' - Meet the Next Generation of Farmers

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

In a country where over 60 percent of farmers are aged 55 or older, Farmland profiles six young farmers, portraying them as hardworking people attempting to navigate an industry fraught with risks, changing technologies and unknowns.

ReThink Review: Locke -- On Male Responsibility and Concrete

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Locke is an appropriate name for the film and a character who has admirably chained himself to his decision to be involved in his new son's life.

ReThink Review: Nymph()maniac vol. I and II -- When Sex Gets Unsexy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Mark Burnett's Jesus movie Son of God clocks in at two hours and 18 minutes. But director Lars Von Trier knows that if you want to tell a story about someone important, like a nymphomaniac, you're going to need more time, which is why his Nymph()maniac is made up of two films with a combined running time of four hours.

ReThink Review: Divergent -- Just Be Yourself, Even in Dystopia

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Maybe there's enough dystopian teen book/movie money to go around, but not for a movie as nonsensical, poorly written, and dull as Divergent, which clocks in at a punishing, baffling 140 minutes.

ReThink Review: Son of God -- What Would Jesus Watch?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With The Passion of the Christ being the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, are audiences interested in a less bloody take on Jesus' life? And does Son of God attempt to tell us anything about Jesus' life that Christians and non-Christians don't already know?

ReThink Review: RoboCop (2014) -- A Drone By Any Other Name

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With a film so beloved, I guess it's inevitable that there would be a remake. But instead of being a toothless, needless, sanitized imitation, I'm happy to report that the new RoboCop is willing to make significant changes and swing even harder at its political commentary.

ReThink Review: The Monuments Men - The Fine Art of War

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Monuments Men is fun, fairly light entertainment, more of a heist movie than a war movie, with a certain Indiana Jones-style treasure-hunting vibe at times.

ReThink Review: If You Build It -- Helping Communities Through Design

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Jonathan Kim

While uplifting, the fact that a lot of things don't seem to have worked out as hoped for -- as is often the case with both documentaries and nonprofits -- gives If You Build It a slightly bittersweet feeling.

ReThink Review: Like Father, Like Son -- A Realistic Take on Babies Switched at Birth

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The premise of children being switched at birth seems more like a relic of fables, legends, and lazily written comedies and soap operas. But that's what makes Like Father, Like Son, the Jury Prize winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, so terrific.

ReThink Review: Lone Survivor -- What Makes a War Hero?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Do acts of bravery by the Taliban deserve movies celebrating, honoring, and fetishizing them? Are they also heroes? Or, when it comes to non-Americans, do we hold those fighters to a different standard, now claiming that context really does matter? Watching a movie like Lone Survivor, I can't help thinking about issues like these.

ReThink Review: The Wolf of Wall Street -- Why Depiction Isn't Endorsement

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Wolf of Wall Street did not create or endorse the corrupt culture and lifestyle it depicts, but simply pulls if from the shadows and puts it on display. If this inspires people to follow Belfort's example, the issue isn't the film.

ReThink Review: American Hustle -- David O. Russell Assembles His All-Stars

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's hard to believe that David O. Russell's first feature film was an incest comedy called Spanking the Monkey. Now, with his track record of critically-acclaimed dramedies, he has his pick of Hollywood's A-list talent, some of whom reached that level because of him.

ReThink Review: Inside Llewyn Davis -- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Not to Like It)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After being outsiders, the Coens are in the strange position of having critics seemingly tripping over each other to lionize whatever they do -- and I feel like that's what might be happening with their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis.

ReThink Review: Reaching for the Moon - Of Parks and Poetry

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

I went into Reaching For the Moon as blind as could be, having never heard of Elizabeth Bishop, her poetry, Lota de Macedo Soares, or the creation of Flamengo Park, and I left totally curious and enthralled by all of it.

ReThink Review: The Book Thief -- Do We Need More Holocaust Movies?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Is it possible that all the lessons of World War II have been learned and there are no new stories left to tell? And does this explain The Book Thief, which follows an orphaned girl in a World War II-era German village, feels so mawkish and unnecessary?

ReThink Review: About Time -- How to Make Time Travel Boring

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

About Time is a romantic comedy -- a genre I feel is fading in quality and relevance as repetition, the modern realities of relationships, and the myth of couples living "happily ever after" have exposed the shallowness of the genre's clichés.

ReThink Review: Ender's Game -- Child Soldiers and Saviors

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As a newcomer to the series, I found myself much more interested in the film's take on leadership, the military, war, and empathy for one's enemy.

ReThink Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color - Get Over the Sex Scene

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Despite the fact that it's an over three-hour-long intimate epic based on a graphic novel that features one of the year's most mesmerizing performances (by a 19-year-old, to boot), all the media wants to talk about is the film's minutes-long, explicit love scene between the film's two stars.