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Rethink Reviews

ReThink Review: The Dark Knight Rises - Haunted by the Ghost of Villains Past

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Dark Knight Rises is very impressive and definitely worth seeing, but without a once-in-a-lifetime performance like Ledger's Joker to provide the pulse, we'll have to be content with a final chapter that certainly delivers, but in a trilogy that peaked in the middle.

ReThink Review: The Amazing Spider-Man -- Slightly Different, Hardly Amazing

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why would Sony, which owns the rights to the Spider-Man character, feel that it was a good time to reboot the series with The Amazing Spider-Man? As you probably guessed, it has something to do with money.

ReThink Review: Ted - The Bear That Roared (at Adam Sandler)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.29.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A comedy like Ted feels like such a breath of fresh air -- a film that takes chances not just with its premise (a living teddy bear with a predilection for hard partying) but with a sense of humor that's prepared to go to any length (or depth) to get a laugh.

ReThink Review: Rock of Ages - Remembrance of Hair Bands Past

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.15.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

There were some things in Rock of Ages I really liked, but there were also things that were annoying or just plain weird. But what's weirdest is that what I liked and what I didn't like were often the same things.

ReThink Review: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.06.2012 | Women
Jonathan Kim

This film urges us to look hard at what charities like Komen are really saying about breast cancer, those who have it and the companies trying to "pinkwash" themselves, insulating themselves from criticism.

ReThink Review: Snow White and the Huntsman - Game of Twilight Potter Rings

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.01.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The bad news is Kristen Stewart, whose performance seems transplanted from the Twilight films since she spends so much of both looking either bewildered or angst-ridden with the weight of the world on her shoulders when she isn't running for her life.

ReThink Review: The Intouchables - France's 'Magic Negro,' or Something More?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

By making Driss and Philippe fully realized characters (the film is based on a true story) with histories and lots to learn about life and each other, The Intouchables manages to escape the trappings of the Magic Negro genre.

ReThink Review: Men in Black 3 - Agents J & K Are Back, But Y?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.25.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why, ten years after an underperforming sequel, is there a Men In Black 3? Are there burning questions about agents J (Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) that were left unresolved? Is there an arch-nemesis still on the loose?

ReThink Review: The Dictator - the Not So Innocent Abroad

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.22.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Dictator is further proof that it's important to laugh at tyrants, not just fear and hate them. The problem is that this doesn't necessarily make for a great movie.

ReThink Review: Battleship: Interplanetary War on Human Eardrums

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Battleship succeeds in being big, dumb, and extremely loud, and after The Avengers, we should all be expecting a lot more.

ReThink Review: God Bless America -- Bobcat's Scream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Bobcat Goldthwait is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. At least, the two main characters of his dark comedy God Bless America won't.

ReThink Interview: Jessica Yu, Director of Last Call at the Oasis

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Last Call at the Oasis explores the reasons why humans are polluting and consuming more fresh water than nature can replenish. I spoke with Yu, discussing some of the scarier facts she learned and how we need to shift our thinking about water.

ReThink Interview: Ondi Timoner -- On Tech Startups and the Documentary Renaissance

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.30.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Ondi Timoner's latest ventures, an interview show called BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) and a YouTube channel called Live Public, use Timoner's interests in mind- and life-changing documentaries and technology to go behind the scenes of how both are made.

ReThink Review: Bernie -- Murder on Ice

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.27.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why would a small town in East Texas claim that one of its residents, an assumedly gay man, should be given a lenient sentence for shooting an old woman in the back? That's a question that's only partially answered by Richard Linklater's dark comedy, Bernie.

ReThink Review: Marley -- the Definitive Bob Marley Documentary, in Time for 4/20

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If 4/20 is the international day for celebrating marijuana, songs by Bob Marley and the Wailers would be the day's equivalent of carols on Christmas. But Marley was much more than a pot smoker and a purveyor of music for barbecues and pool parties.

ReThink Review: Unraveled -- the Bernie Madoff Documentary We Never Got

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.17.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Marc Dreier may be the biggest Wall Street criminal you've never heard of, but he'd respectfully disagree.

ReThink Review: American Reunion -- the Sequel No One Asked for

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

2012-04-06-Screenshot20120406at9.05.40AM.jpgHaven't you been curious about what the crew from American Pie have been up to since American Wedding? Me neither, which makes the arrival of American Reunion that much more baffling.

ReThink Review: Goon -- the Hardest-Hitting (and Funniest) Comedy of 2012

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.28.2012 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

Naturally, the great joy of Goon is watching this lovable, eager-to-please oaf destroying everyone in his way, sort of like a happy-go-lucky Lenny from Of Mice and Men.

ReThink Review: Friends With Kids -- Shared Custody, Hold the Divorce

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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ReThink Interview: Paul Weitz, Director of Being Flynn

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I had a chance to talk with Weitz, and as I began transcribing our interview, I began to notice parallels between Nick's story and Weitz's journey to both forge a unique movie from a beloved existing work and to embrace his past as a way to move forward and develop his own voice.

ReThink Review: Act of Valor -- That's Militainment!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young American boys (including myself) have been running around with toy/imaginary weapons pretending to be soldiers for millenia, and have been watching TV shows and movies about the military for decades.

ReThink Review: This Means War -- Why the Romcom Is Dying

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As technology advances and our knowledge accumulates, some ideas just don't make as much sense as they used to and are relegated to novelties or objects of nostalgia. I think it might be time to add the standard romantic comedy to this list of obsolete institutions.

ReThink Review: Undefeated -- Why Sports Matter

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Oscar-nominated documentary Undefeated follows a season in the life of the Manassas High School football team. But as is true of any great sports story, it really isn't about the final score.

ReThink Review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island -- Welcome to the Rock

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Perhaps what's most mysterious about the Mysterious Island is that it takes place in a world where well-paid actors are unable to mimic authentic human emotions, and a script's action scenes appear to have been written before the story.

ReThink Review: Chronicle -- Teen Superhero vs. Teen Angst

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.03.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In that sense, along with impressive special effects, Chronicle succeeds in keeping its story firmly planted in the real world despite its science-fiction premise. It's likely that not all outcasts would use newfound abilities to defend the weak, save the planet, and become a hero.