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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.

ReThink Review: Moneyball -- Hate Baseball? No Problem!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.27.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Moneyball is about baseball. But it is about baseball about as much as The Social Network is about building a website -- not very much. And as someone who doesn't like baseball, I absolutely loved it.

ReThink Review: Drive -- Stuck In Neutral

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you've seen any of the ads for Drive, starring Ryan Gosling as a nameless stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman for hire, you'd probably think it is a darker, more artsy installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise.

ReThink Review: One Day -- A Revenge Fantasy for Women Who Love Jerks

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

One Day isn't so much a romance movie as it is an emotional revenge fantasy for women who've had the misfortune of falling for jerks.

ReThink Review: 30 Minutes or Less -- On Casual Diversity

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.12.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The thing about Aziz Ansari's character, Chet, is that being Indian is not even a minor part of Chet's character. In fact, the role of Chet could've been played by an actor of any race -- and that's what I find exciting.

ReThink Review: The Devil's Double -- An Astonishing Performance

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dominic Cooper's stunning dual performance as Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein is unlike anything I've ever seen before, playing both kidnapper and captive, owner and slave, criminal and witness, with two utterly distinct, mesmerizing performances.

A Muggle's Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

For Potter fans, DH2 is definitely bittersweet, marking both the triumphant end and resolution to a story and mystery that many began in their childhoods.

ReThink Interview: Errol Morris, Director of Tabloid

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.16.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Tabloid tells the story of Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose obsession with a man named Kirk Anderson led her to fly to England to bring him back. What happened after that depends on whether you believe Joyce or the British tabloids.

ReThink Interview: Chris Weitz, Director of A Better Life

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.01.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you had just directed a movie that went on to gross over $700 million worldwide, what would you direct next? Director Chris Weitz chose to make a small movie from a screenplay that had been languishing for over 20 years.

ReThink Interview: Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz, Makers of Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? looks at possible causes of colony collapse disorder as well as the millennia-old relationship between bees and humans that had been so mutually beneficial for so long.

ReThink Review: A Better Life -- Chasing A Truck and the American Dream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.24.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

A Better Life reveals the truth that immigrants are perhaps the purest reflection of the American dream, which isn't to become a millionaire, but to improve the lives of their families through hard work.

ReThink Review: The Art of Getting By -- Smells Like Teen Angst

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.23.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Ever since the 1951 book The Catcher In the Rye, stories about angsty, alienated, financially secure (mostly male) teenagers in existential crisis over "what it all means" have become a staple of movies, TV and literature.

ReThink Review: The People vs. George Lucas -- This Is the Film You're Looking For

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

For those of you who feel betrayed, disappointed, infuriated or traumatized by George Lucas, there's finally a movie for you -- the fascinating, excellent documentary, The People vs. George Lucas.

ReThink Review: The First Grader -- Reading, Writing and Rebellion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The First Grader tells the true story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old veteran of Kenya's Mau Mau Uprising who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest primary school student.

ReThink Review: Everything Must Go -- Will Ferrell Gets Serious

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.11.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I thought Everything Must Go would be a hard sell with audiences, as fans of Ferrell's raunchy comedies are put off by the film's serious tone while drama lovers keep their distance, but there's a lot to like in this small, thoughtful movie.