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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.

ReThink Interview: Wim Wenders, Director of Pina

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.27.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Before seeing Pina, I had agreed with the conventional wisdom that 3D was best suited for action and animated films, though the vast majority of 3D movies I'd seen so far had left me feeling like it shouldn't be used at all.

ReThink Review: Haywire -- Post-Feminasskicking!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With Soderbergh's Ocean's 11 heist series over, the director is clearly looking for another genre franchise to do for fun between his more challenging and experimental pieces. Haywire fits that description.

ReThink Review: Young Adult -- The Return of the (Prom) Queen

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Adult is clearly set up as award bait for Charlize Theron, who gets the chance to be unlikable in almost every way.

ReThink Review: New Year's Eve -- Star Power Gridlock

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm not going to go into all the subplots, except to say that they all end as happily as you know they will from the very start.

ReThink Review: The Artist -- Who Needs 3D... or Sound?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Nostalgia can't be the only reason why The Artist is receiving such critical praise. And be sure -- The Artist is a charming, beautifully shot, often funny novelty that audiences of all ages would do well to take a chance on.

ReThink Review: Arthur Christmas -- A Repellant Christmas Wish

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Pro-materialist junk like Arthur Christmas is evidence that something like A Charlie Brown Christmas would never be made today.

ReThink Review: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas -- Asian Americans, in 3D!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.04.2012 | Home
Jonathan Kim

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is a return to form, with the plot's clear and single-minded focus echoing the first film's mission for munchies.

ReThink Review: Margin Call -- 'Twas the Night Before the Meltdown...

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.01.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film Margin Call takes us inside a lightly fictionalized stand-in for Lehman Brothers called HMS, where a young risk analyst discovers the math that proves HMS' imminent demise.

ReThink Review: 50/50 -- Seth Rogen Grows Up (Sort of) for Cancer Comedy

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film 50/50 is about a man facing cancer, but this is not your standard terminal illness/embrace life tearjerker.