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J. R. Jones

J. R. Jones

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J. R. Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) "The movie's mean-spiritedness becomes even more painful than the dippiness of the source material. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2016
100% The President "A story at once timeless and contemporary, eventually pushing past the immediate matters of guilt and comeuppance to ask whether democracy can ever flourish amid an endless cycle of oppression and revenge. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2016
92% Boy and the World (2015) "This magical Brazilian fantasy by Alê Abreu reminded me of Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues and Tomm Moore's The Secret of Kells in its crafty combination of simply drawn characters (the boy) and ornate geometrical patterns (the world). " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2016
41% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is: (a) the greatest movie title since Snakes on a Plane and (b) the worst movie with a great title since Snakes on a Plane. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2016
100% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) "Calm and quiet, but nicely paced. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 28, 2016
32% Anesthesia (2016) "A stellar cast of serious-minded players...fight a losing battle against the characters' overwritten dialogue and unlikely behavior. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 28, 2016
70% Mekong Hotel "Weerasethakul's films have been hailed for their hypnotic mix of natural splendor and supernatural mythology, though this one is a bit lumpy by his standards. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 28, 2016
59% The Finest Hours (2016) "This thrilling adventure is periodically interrupted by a feeble romantic subplot. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 28, 2016
93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "Bennett livens up a narrative that trades heavily in reminiscence by splitting the character based on himself into two people and this proves to be a rich vein for Bennett's comic musing. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 21, 2016
55% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "There's a concerted effort to depoliticize the story... but the movie will find a warm welcome in the red states with its simpleminded tale of brave men doing the right thing while the government falters. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 14, 2016
83% The Revenant (2015) "Iñárritu's real achievement is how he captures the monumental force of the untamed land. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 7, 2016
91% Anomalisa (2015) "This second theatrical feature is tightly focused, its only windows those that open onto the mind. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 7, 2016
93% Carol (2015) "As a love story this left me unsatisfied, though I enjoyed the lush period trappings and the flattering sense of how enlightened I am compared to people in the 1950s. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 29, 2015
60% Joy (2015) "I wouldn't call this a complete dud, but it's the least engaging David O. Russell feature I've seen. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 23, 2015
63% Concussion (2015) "Will Smith gives an ingratiating performance as the comically egotistical but passionately idealistic doctor, and there's strong work from Alec Baldwin as a former NFL physician counseling Omalu and the ever-reliable David Morse as Webster. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 23, 2015
88% Difret (2015) "This plays like Law and Order, but there are also striking glimpses of a backward society in rapid transition. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 17, 2015
60% Sisters (2015) "Short on wit and long on vulgarity, though Fey and Poehler strike a blow for gender equality by proving they can scrape their jokes off the floor as well as any man. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 17, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "As with other installments, this is less a movie than an exercise in massaging a juvenile-minded audience that wants the experience to be new and familiar at the same time. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/4 73% Youth (2015) "Film is a medium that consecrates memory, which makes it an especially apt metaphor in a movie about two old men. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 15, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "Alternately awesome and wooden. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 10, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) "Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard contribute stiff, actorly performances, and director Justin Kurzel seems more concerned with getting the right squishy sound for a dagger thrust to the intestines than with any kind of thematic thrust. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 10, 2015
31% Don Verdean (2015) "Sam Rockwell applies his usual deft touch to the title character, whose born-again ministry is founded on his dubious excavation of religious relics in Israel, but whose charlatanism serves a sincere and abiding faith. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 10, 2015
70% The Danish Girl (2015) "Hooper's staid treatment hardly complements the subject matter, and the stuffy tone is only exacerbated by Redmayne's drippy performance. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 10, 2015
95% The Wonders (2015) "A prize winner at the Cannes film festival, this naturalistic Italian drama presents a warm and credible portrait of a modern beekeeping family in the Tuscan countryside. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 3, 2015
80% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) "After a while the overpacked plot begins to feel like an afternoon meeting that won't end. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 3, 2015
94% The Forbidden Room (2015) "Guy Maddin delivers another of his wild and whimsical fantasies, tinged with camp and couched in the film grammar of silent cinema. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 3, 2015
94% Creed (2015) "Anyone hoping the franchise might open out into new thematic territory will be disappointed; this is the same old ritual, from the amped-up training sequences to the climactic title fight with its absurd number of punches landed in every round. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 3, 2015
91% James White (2015) "Abbott contributes a smart, soulful performance, but Nixon keeps threatening to walk away with the movie as the mother, who can't get enough of life and whose physical decay is colored by rage, defiance, and terror. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 3, 2015
87% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) "Hunter's memories of a double life in the waning days of the studio system are fascinating. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 1, 2015
62% Legend (2015) "Brian Helgeland, following up on his impressive Jackie Robinson biopic 42, never seems quite at home in old Blighty, but he delivers a thorough, nicely paced treatment of the brothers' rise and fall. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 25, 2015
85% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "Shot in the early 70s but shelved for 40 years, this portrait of R&B great Leon Russell (1974) immediately takes its place among the best rock docs. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 79% Entertainment (2015) "A daring and mainly successful black comedy about a dour and depressive comedian on a dead-end tour of California. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
31% By The Sea (2015) "Pitt invests the vague, cranky relationship with his usual intelligence and restraint, but the movie is destined to rank with such celebrity-couple fiascos as Gigli (2003) and Shanghai Surprise (1986). " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
42% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "This Americanized version of Juan Jose Campanella's overrated art-house hit The Secret in Their Eyes is at least as good as the original and, with a running time well under two hours, certainly more concise. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
67% The Night Before (2015) "It's one of those comedies in which the big jokes bomb but the small, apparently improvised character moments generate a few chuckles. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2015
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) "[A] dramatically cogent and highly satisfying finale to the Star Wars saga. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 13, 2015
94% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) "Patricio Guzman, who chronicled the military coup against Salvador Allende in his documentary trilogy The Battle of Chile, has begun, in old age, to process his political experiences through stunning personal essay films. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 13, 2015
2/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "In the figurative sense, though, the characters' sharp edges have been filed down. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
98% Brooklyn (2015) "The film is suffused with the sense that a person is just about to bloom. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
43% The 33 (2015) "This watchable, straightforward drama recounts the 2010 disaster at the San Jose mine in Chile, which trapped 33 men underground for 69 days and focused the world's attention on the exploitation of miners (for 69 days, anyway). " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
72% Trumbo (2015) "Michael Stuhlbarg steals the movie as a beleagured Edward G. Robinson (who named names before the committee, including Trumbo's); and Helen Mirren is nicely acidic as the red-baiting gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet Chemia (Chemo) "The story crumples into mush near the end. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 5, 2015
42% Love (2015) "The sex scenes are pretty hot, though their power is diminished by the characters' limited intelligence. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 5, 2015
33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "[Bullock's] role as a weary Machiavelli in sunglasses and trench coat gives her little to work with but a stream of jaded one-liners. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2015
66% Nasty Baby (2015) "An awkward scene between the artist and a local gallery director highlights Silva's fluency in the rituals of social superiority. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2015
29% Burnt (2015) "The hero spends an inordinate amount of time screaming at his kitchen staff and hurling plates of food at the wall, which is more fun to watch than the canned relationships that constitute most of the movie. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 29, 2015
No Score Yet The Amazing Nina Simone "The performance clips are woefully short, but even the few seconds meted out for each song provide ample evidence of her stylistic versatility and volcanic emotion. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2015
88% Experimenter (2015) "Peter Sarsgaard carries this engaging biopic of Stanley Milgram. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2015
50% Homesick "Erwa gets most of the credit for this with his cagey plotting, but he couldn't have pulled it off without veteran actress Tatja Seibt as the woman upstairs; her blunt features suggest a harsh intent but can also soften in vulnerability. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2015
68% A Perfect Day (2016) "The low-stakes shaggy-dog plot allows for a variety of vignettes that reveal how the civil conflict eroded people's humanity, but the movie's orthodox antiwar sentiment carries the story only so far. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 22, 2015
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