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

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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.

ReThink Review: Carrie - Fresh Eyes (and Blood) on a Remade Horror Classic

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Carrie has been remade, prompting many to ask why anyone would bother remaking a film that's still referenced today and is widely considered to be a horror classic. But here's the thing -- I don't really care about that since I've never seen the original Carrie.

ReThink Review: 12 Years a Slave - Can We Face America's Holocaust?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After watching 12 Years A Slave, I imagine Germans feel about the Holocaust like a lot of Americans do, or at least should, feel about slavery and the role racism has played in this country's history.

ReThink Review: Captain Phillips -- 21st Century Piracy Ain't Jack Sparrow

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Is Captain Phillips a case where bigger, louder -- and since it's Paul Greengrass, shakier -- is actually better? And do the film's pirates rise above being caricatured villains to represent the real Somalian men who turn to this high risk/high reward way of life?

ReThink Review: Gravity - The Best Space Movie Since 2001

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In space, no one can hear you scream -- but with a movie as tense and masterful as Gravity, you'll just be hoping no one in the theater will hear or smell you poop your pants.

ReThink Review: The Summit - A Lethal Mountain's Deadliest Day

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Of the 300 climbers who made it to the top of K2, one quarter of them died on the way down -- and that's not counting the ones who died on the way up.

ReThink Review: Thanks For Sharing -- Sex Addiction Goes Mainstream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When I saw the trailer for Thanks For Sharing, I wrote it off as a fluffy ensemble rom-com questionably based in the world of sex addicts in recovery. But I'm happy to admit that I had this movie totally wrong.

ReThink Review: GMO OMG -- It Came From Inside Your Food!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

"Conventional" farming -- especially with corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and sugar beets -- now increasingly means using GMOs, which is the subject of Jeffrey Seifert's documentary GMO OMG.

ReThink Review: Good Ol' Freda - The Beatles' Longtime Secretary Speaks

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Freda Kelly, who ran the Beatles' fan club and was the secretary for their manager Brian Epstein, has refused to speak about or profit from her account of the eleven years she spent working for the Beatles. But with a desire for her grandson to know her story and her place in rock history, Freda is now ready to talk.

ReThink Review: Afternoon Delight -- The Women of Summer

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

This summer has felt like a particularly strong one for women in independent film. Now, Kathryn Hahn makes a wonderful (mostly) dramatic turn in Afternoon Delight, a film about a woman who attempts to bring meaning to her life by letting a stripper move in with her family.