J. R. Jones

J. R. Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Reader
Total Reviews:
1388

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
68% Me and You (2014) " The defining emotion here... is a characteristic warmth toward -- and envy of -- young people coming into bloom." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 28, 2014
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Reviewers were forbidden from posting a word about this sequel until opening day, lest we give away the shocking secret that it's a carbon copy of its predecessor." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 28, 2014
69% What If (2014) " Nerd wish-fulfillment of the first order, this Canadian rom-com places an artificial barrier between its cute-as-a-button leads and asks us to stick around for an hour and a half until it's artificially removed." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 28, 2014
85% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The movie soon grows tedious; Coogan's irritation with his traveling partner has diminished significantly, and the laughs along with it." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 28, 2014
97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Beautifully realized in Sachs's sensitive characterization are the pain of separation and the despair of becoming a burden on the next generation. " — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 28, 2014
37% The November Man (2014) " Director Roger Donaldson has had his ups and downs over the past few years; the script for this lodges somewhere in the middle, though he compensates for its lack of distinction through sheer velocity and nimble negotiation of its hairpin turns. " — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 28, 2014
76% Moebius (2014) " [Moebius] would be easy to dismiss if Kim weren't so sincere and sober in pursuit of his Oedipal and other emotional concerns." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 21, 2014
78% Land Ho! (2014) " [An] engaging, low-key character study." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 21, 2014
79% The One I Love (2014) " When the couple first realize what's going on, the husband immediately references The Twilight Zone, whose 26-minute time slot would have been more appropriate here." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 21, 2014
17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " [The film] makes a commendable effort to invest the inspirational sports movie with some deeper meaning but simultaneously labors to keep all the genre cliches firmly in place." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 21, 2014
100% The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) " Enchanting." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 19, 2014
71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " Private excavation and sale of fossils is a more complicated issue than this heavily slanted account would have you believe." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 14, 2014
32% The Giver (2014) " Incredibly, this screen adaptation is rated PG-13, which means that parents, who will probably find it excruciatingly simpleminded, are cautioned to keep it away from their middle school children, the only viewers who might possibly enjoy it." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 14, 2014
52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Biyi Bandele has excerpted their story from a much wider-ranging narrative, but the action here is still so tightly compressed that this feels like a precis for a movie twice its length." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) " Gleeson brings his usual fierceness and gravity to the role, and there are fine supporting turns by Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aiden Gillen, and Dylan Moran." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2014
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " I'll spare you my usual rant about the decadence of foodies, but it should be obvious by now that, despite their discerning tastes, the movies catering to them are the artistic equivalent of dinner at the Olive Garden." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2014
89% Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques) (2006) " [Emmanuel Bourdieu] turns a standard coming-of-age premise -- four young literary scholars compete for recognition at a Paris university -- into a biting academic fable." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2014
65% Lucy (2014) " No one has ever accused French action director Luc Besson of thinking too hard, and this frantic exercise in pseudoscience and goofball metaphysics is best enjoyed by following his lead." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2014
78% Get On Up (2014) " Straightforward but highly entertaining." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 31, 2014
75% The Last Sentence (2014) " Unfortunately, Troell chose to shoot the movie in digital black-and-white; the imagery seems anachronistic in its precision, undermining the period decor and clashing with the occasional low-grain newsreel footage of Nazis on the march." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2014
49% I Origins (2014) " Mike Cahill's movies are categorized as science fiction, but the scientific elements in them are subsidiary to his characters and, more importantly, his metaphysical concerns." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2014
93% Closed Curtain (2014) " Unfortunately, Closed Curtain also indicates there's only so much an artist can say about his own oppression before he winds up in a creative cul-de-sac." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2014
63% Mood Indigo (2014) " French filmmaker Michel Gondry has demonstrated time and again that, despite his prodigious visual imagination, he can't tell a decent story." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2014
48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Woody Allen on autopilot, disappearing into the jazz age again for a blunt, listless thesis film about the limits of rationality." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) " Old people still go out to movie theaters, God bless them, though the meaty fare they enjoyed back in the 70s has given way to soft foods like The Bucket List, Last Vegas, and this senior-citizen rom-com by Rob Reiner." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 24, 2014
41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " The earlier, comedic scenes work a lot better than the later, dramatic ones, thanks mainly to Braff's wide-eyed, deadpan performance and good supporting work from Kate Hudson." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 17, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " Linklater's writing is typically warm and insightful, and the cast is uniformly excellent, including Ellar Coltrane as the quiet, down-to-earth hero." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 17, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The human characters (played by Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell, among others) are so bland they don't stand a chance against their simian counterparts." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 10, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) " Trust is essential to any love relationship, writer-director Paul Haggis wants us to know, though he trusts us so little to grasp this theme ourselves that he makes his alter ego here, a world-weary novelist played by Liam Neeson, spell it out." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2014
88% Elena (2014) " The movie becomes a defiant reversal of that sentiment, an act of creation in the face of death." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2014
86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " [Filmmaker Nicholas D. Wrathall] couldn't have asked for a more striking scene than the one in which the writer shows him the grave he plans to occupy (beside his longtime companion, Howard Austen, who died in 2003)." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2014
83% Begin Again (2014) " Its soft-rock bonhomie [prevails] over a story that often registers as trite or naive." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " As with The Host, the political satire is teased out gradually as the story progresses and never intrudes on one's enjoyment of the movie's richly imagined world." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 6, 2014
82% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) " No one survives unscathed, but the most pitiable figures here are the world-class architects who designed the elegant new structures and displays, then watched helplessly as their bold work was watered down." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 6, 2014
76% Lucky Them (2014) " This pleasant but eminently forgettable indie comedy is the sort of thing that makes you wonder whether the big names in the cast were having serious career problems, doing someone a favor, or just had a few weeks to kill." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
—— Corn's-A-Poppin' " Without Altman's involvement, this probably would have been lost years ago, yet the music is pretty good and the movie is a singularly quirky exercise in regional filmmaking." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " It's impressive for its ingenuity in suggesting, on a relatively low budget, a 21st century in which the world monetary system has disintegrated, leaving every man for himself." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " This isn't the movie it should have been, but it serves its purpose as a souvenir of the stage show." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 19, 2014
—— Freedom Summer " This potent documentary re-creates an America most of us are lucky never to have experienced: the apartheid government of the state of Mississippi, circa 1964." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2014
85% Night Moves (2014) " As in Wendy and Lucy, the natural and social environs are impeccably authentic, in this case conveying the bohemian radicalism of the Portland area that nurtures the trio's dangerous scheme." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2014
89% Obvious Child (2014) " The heroine can't seem to come up with any material that doesn't involve bodily functions; she never goes near the subject of motherhood, which proves that the filmmakers are scared to death of their own story." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " This sci-fi puzzler by cinematographer-turned-director William Eubank often recalls the work of Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color) in its low-budget resourcefulness and creeping, gnawing paranoia." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Despite all the costumes, stunt work, and locations in Monument Valley, this big-budget western spoof by Seth MacFarlane is too glib to live up to its potential." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 30, 2014
64% The Cold Lands (2014) " Writer-director Tom Gilroy has worked with Yelich previously and makes his youthful character the quiet, watchful center of this 2013 indie drama." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 29, 2014
36% Just a Sigh (2014) " Devos manages to keep it afloat in the second half as the actress peels away for her own adventure and writer-director Jérôme Bonnell develops a subplot that will force the lovers to part for good." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 29, 2014
93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " Whatever childhood traumas Jodorowsky may need to exorcise are ultimately subsumed by the movie's wild invention and carnivalesque cheer." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 29, 2014
100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " Anthony Chen, a Singaporean writer-director with a half-dozen shorts to his credit, makes his feature debut with this vividly characterized domestic drama." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2014
34% God's Pocket (2014) " A dud." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2014
64% For No Good Reason (2014) " This is most worthwhile for its scenes of Steadman at work, flinging ink all over the place and turning the splatter marks into his signature grotesques." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2014
82% Fed Up (2014) " Thumbnail portraits of morbidly obese kids introduce a plaintive note to the argument, especially since, as the documentary notes, many school cafeterias are now indistinguishable from fast-food joints." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 22, 2014
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