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ReThink Review: The Great Gatsby - Classic Literature in 3-D

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With a cast of largely baby-faced actors, Jay-Z as an executive producer, and a soundtrack weighted towards hip hop and electronic music, is The Great Gatsby more for younger fans of Luhrmann's more boisterous previous films like Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet?

ReThink Review: Iron Man 3 -- How Do You Top A Megamovie?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.06.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While Iron Man 3 is an entertaining film, it lacks the size, stakes, and star power of The Avengers, which could be considered cinema's first megamovie.

ReThink Review: Pain & Gain - Meatheads and Mayhem

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With a $25 million budget that's probably less than what a Transformers sequel spends on fake sweat for Shia LaBeouf, Pain & Gain tells the true story of a trio of Miami weightlifters whose dreams of quick money turned into a crime spree.

ReThink Review: Mud -- Murky Waters Run Deep and Dangerous

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Mud skillfully yet almost casually manages to mix a coming of age tale, a twisty crime thriller, and a tragic love story in the slow-flowing waters of the Mississippi river, producing a masterful film with an edgy, contemporary darkness, yet with the timeless feel of adolescent adventures.

ReThink Review: Oblivion - Sci-Fi Sampler

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.17.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I've been a fan of Tom Cruise ever since Top Gun in 1986. Perhaps my favorite performance of his is Born On the Fourth of July, where Cruise proved th...

ReThink Review: 42 -- Which Side of History Are You On?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.12.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

Despite its flaws, 42 is a great illustration of a moment where America was given the choice between the right and wrong side of history, and by and large, we chose correctly.

ReThink Review: Trance -- Heist With a Twist

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Trance isn't out to save the world, but it's nice to see a solid little piece of entertainment that has a fun time mashing up genres, going against conventions, and keeping you guessing.

ReThink Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Sanitized Violence

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When is violence okay for kids? In the mind of the Motion Picture Association of America, violence without blood is a lesser form of violence that kids won't find disturbing. Films like G.I. Joe: Retaliation illustrate how bizarre that distinction is.

ReThink Review: Olympus Has Fallen - In Defense of (Some) Movie Violence

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

How do we decide which types of violent entertainments are appropriate and which are gratuitous and glorifying? As with most difficult issues, context is key.

ReThink Review: The Croods - Caveman or Superman?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When is a cavemen not a cavemen? In the case of the new animated movie The Croods, it's when the family of "cavemen" in question looks cosmetically like Neanderthals but seem to have the powers of superheroes.

ReThink Review: Reincarnated -- In Like a Dogg, Out Like a Lion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Snoop's life and career that brought him to this point is a totally fascinating one that speaks volumes about modern America, the black experience, the growth of an artist, and a uniquely American form of music.

ReThink Review: Jack the Giant Slayer -- Bomb Scare

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Director Bryan Singer delivered an exciting and entertaining movie with good performances, despite the fact that no one was calling for Jack and the Beanstalk -- or really any fairy tale, for that matter -- to be made into a movie.

ReThink Review: A Place at the Table - Hungry In the Land of the Fat

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Every day in the U.S., 50 million people -- including one in four children -- are food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from. The documentary A Place at the Table attempts to put a face on this issue.

ReThink Review: 21 & Over -- Long Duk Dong Avenged?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

21 & Over isn't high art, but it delivers, and I can't help but feel heartened that it seems to recognize that young audiences today would rather see racial stereotypes skewered instead of perpetuated.

ReThink Interview: Eddie Pepitone and Steven Feinartz of The Bitter Buddha

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Steven Feinartz's documentary The Bitter Buddha follows Eddie Pepitone through his everyday life as well as to shows as he tries to improve his act. I spoke with Feinartz and Pepitone about where Eddie's comedy comes from, the role of comedian as truth teller, and a lot more.

ReThink Review: A Good Day to Die Hard -- Killing a Classic

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Instead of stone-faced bodybuilders or martial arts experts, Die Hard had John McClane, an everyman New York cop with only street smarts and a sense of humor on his side who seemed as surprised as anyone to be an action hero.

ReThink Review: Identity Thief -- When Smart People Go Dumb

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

One of the cornerstones of comedy is watching stupid people doing stupid things. However, watching supposedly smart people doing stupid things can be exasperating, which is what we find in the feature films of director Seth Gordon.

A Response to Kathryn Bigelow's Latest Statement on Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty ignores the fact that America's torture program inspired anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, causing many to vow revenge on the U.S. and its allies.

ReThink Review: Zero Dark Thirty - Yes, It Endorses Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.

ReThink Review: Django Unchained -- Words With Friends?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.06.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Quentin Tarantino is one of the rare directors whose work is identifiable without his name attached, whether it's his flair for dialogue, his inspired use of music, his love for film and its genres, or his passion for blood-splattering violence. All of these are on display in his latest film, Django Unchained.

ReThink Review: Les Misérables -- In Your Face!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I feel like the makers of Les Misérables attempted to solve a problem few people other than myself even consider a problem, and by doing so, created more problems that made the movie unpleasant to watch.

ReThink Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- More Frames, More of the Same

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

After seeing An Unexpected Journey in the 48-frames-per-second format Jackson is convinced is the future of cinema, my enthusiasm for more Hobbit adventures is at an all-time low.

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.