Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Austin Chronicle
Total Reviews:
713

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 29% Men, Women & Children (2014) " Not just narratively crude but aesthetically ugly. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
0.5/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) " Already hobbled by an overwrought story that turns positively Hallmark-Movie-preposterous in its third act, journeyman director Michael Hoffman can't conceive of a single memorable set-piece or rouse his actors into action. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 85% The Good Lie (2014) " The finely calibrated performances of the three leading men pull the film through to its moving conclusion. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " It's worth a watch to see these two reliably comic actors do some heavy dramatic lifting and tenderly spot for each other. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " It's a keen, dual character study that goosed both hot tears and teeth-grinding from me. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Subtle it ain't, but there's an undercurrent of palpable rage that pokes through the (very funny) banter-banter gloss of the thing, and the actors rip into it with relish. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2014
4/5 69% God Help the Girl (2014) " Murdoch's film is sweet monument to that age, when life had the promise of a perfectly crafted pop song. God Help the Girl is not so perfectly crafted, but the promise -- oh, the promise is irresistible. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 93% Frank (2014) " A likable but ultimately slight arthouse comedy. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3.5/5 100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) " Sure, you may come for the LSD antics, but you'll want to stay for the film's riveting lens on seismic changes in baseball and American culture at large. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2.5/5 76% The Congress (2014) " Long on vision but short on coherence, this live-action/animation dyad boasts a stranger kind of duality: As it unspooled, I felt I'd never seen anything quite like it before... and already I was fantasizing about a tighter, less self-serious remake. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/5 69% What If (2014) " None of it feels terribly authentic. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " It's an impossible standard, maybe, but in 42 minutes, TV's Friday Night Lights delivered all-star-level emotional complexity and action. When the Game Stands Tall is strictly JV squad. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/5 43% Step Up: All In (2014) " Only a frolicking duet set to Bobby Brown breaks the monotony. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " A picturesque, well-acted comedy about the culinary education of a young Indian cook who emigrates to the south of France, The Hundred-Foot Journey is elevated comfort food. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " You can have the Avengers' supergroup of professional heroes and egos: I prefer the Guardians' garage band -- rowdy and rough-edged and a real family. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Patinkin and King's characters' wrangling with spirituality is sincere, and specific. Everything else in this everything-and-the-kitchen-sink film feels like too many ideas stored up over an especially long winter. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Forget divining who's predator and who's prey. Everybody's chum here. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " An object of blunt force and breath-catching beauty, Snowpiercer plays what-if with a familiar doomsday scenario: What if Noah's ark never found dry land again? " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 6, 2014
1.5/5 24% Tammy (2014) " Unimaginatively filmed and of a misbegotten construction. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 6, 2014
4/5 88% Obvious Child (2014) " Obvious Child takes the same shape as its elfin lead actress; it's just a slip of a thing, and it slips easily into different guises, from coarsely funny to gloaming-gloomy. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3.5/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Sweet-spirited and sometimes meandering but always working in the service of its young protagonists' perspective. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Toothless is so vividly, viscerally animated, I worry a child will look askance at her own humble dog and peevishly wonder why Fluffernutter can't fly, or at the very least breathe fire. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Green's book made a point of underscoring what a privilege it is to love someone -- notably, not to be loved, but to do the loving -- and the film adaptation movingly puts those words to picture. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " The Immigrant is two hours long, but I stayed even longer in my seat, through the credits, still in thrall to it all. The title is singular, but the scope is not so easily quantifiable. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " It's all quite well done, if only a touch too decorous. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Days of Future Past capitalizes on the audience's familiarity with the many players and their complex backstories, but never advances the ball down the field, tenders no new thought or wrinkle to the franchise. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 89% Locke (2014) " A restless, nervy actor, Hardy seems to get a kick out of tying one hand behind his back " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/5 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " The filmmakers have cast their underdogs well: Madhur Mittal plays the anxious, upright Dinesh; Suraj Sharma is the loose-limbed, pizza-loving Rinku; and they're both funny and endearing. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Amusing enough, but weirdly joyless. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " A portrait of an American artist hiding in plain sight, a mystery with too few clues, and a sincere inquiry into how best to divine the wishes of the dead. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " Garry Phillips' cinematography, too, does equally breath-catching landscape work with seaside Northumberland and the jungles of Southeast Asia. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " A bright idea, disappointingly dulled in the execution. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/5 60% Draft Day (2014) " The promising-sounding football movie would turn out to be a movie about men talking on phones. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " I won't spoil the ending, nor will I deny its playful charms. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 78% Teenage (2014) " The archival footage is mesmerizing stuff, articulately edited by Joe Beshenkovsky. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2.5/5 41% Divergent (2014) " Veronica Roth's Divergent is engrossing enough to devour overnight, and flimsy enough to forget by morning light. Neil Burger's film adaptation faithfully reproduces the same effect. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The Grand Budapest Hotel is a marvelous spectacle. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Marshmallow nation, you may now exhale: Rob Thomas did ya right. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Historians may blanch at the liberties taken here, but the spirit of the thing -- the way it champions intellectual curiosity and critical thinking -- warmed this nerd's heart tremendously. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/5 41% In Secret (2014) " In Secret probes these troubled minds from an arm's-length remove. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 68% About Last Night (2014) " It's the funniest, friskiest date movie in a good long while. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3.5/5 86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) " (500) Days is a funny, seductive, and surprisingly honest dramatization of the ways we snooker ourselves into incompatible love. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 10, 2014
1.5/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " The three leads' distinct storylines are metered choppily, there's an illogic to the scene sequence and plotting, and that initial pact, casually arrived at, is suddenly framed as a game-changing bet late in the film. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4.5/5 93% The Past (2013) " Think you've nailed down a character? Wait another five minutes. It's rare to see so many characters, including children, afforded so much nuance. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
1/5 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Branagh might as well have opened a can and dumped it on a plate, the ridges of a factory-line production still perfectly hatched on a gelatinous cylinder of crud. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) " How "Gangnam Style" fits into all of this is a mystery, but that doesn't stop the filmmakers from trotting out that stale K-pop ear-bleeder twice in a move as pandering as the film's multiple fart gags. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) " The brilliance of Her lies in how it uses a sci-fi concept to reconstruct the traditional arc of a romance, from getting-to-know-you to growing apart. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " 20 Feet From Stardom doesn't shy away from the harder truths of the industry, but it goes down easily, and is stylishly assembled, spryly executed, and satisfyingly arced to end in triumph. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2.5/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The passion is there; it is only poured in the wrong places. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " Forte is a surprising fount of melancholy and frustrated ambition, while Dern takes a tough part -- a man of few words who might not be all there -- and masterfully controls his body to convey Woody's inner depths. " ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 27, 2013
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