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J. R. Jones

J. R. Jones
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
55% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Written and directed by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), this affecting suspense film has been compared to the excellent Michael Clayton (by his brother, writer-director Tony Gilroy), though Roman is more eccentric.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
83% Brimstone & Glory (2017) [Brimstone] is lively, a colorful documentary.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
41% Justice League (2017) The movie is a clumsy steamer trunk of continuing story lines and returning stars .‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) Wonder levels the social playing field by widening its narrative frame to focus on Jack, Julian, and Miranda, each of whom hurts as much as Auggie and his family. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
No Score Yet The Public Image is Rotten (2017) Archival footage of Lydon in the bracing hostility of his youth contrasts dramatically with present-day interviews showing him domesticated, compromised, and happy in the wisdom that most of us learn to accept as compensation. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
No Score Yet All the Queen's Horses (2017) Despite this high-minded approach, however, the documentary's best moments are pure tabloid.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Hall takes a similarly lackadaisical approach to the facts in Thank You for Your Service, inventing characters and scenes as he tries to create a story arc moviegoers will recognize.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
100% Requiem for a Running Back (2017) This documentary about brain trauma in the NFL is largely anecdotal, but therein lies its power. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
26% Suburbicon (2017) The black characters are barely characters at all, and the murder mystery is a Hollywood hand-me-down.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) [LBJ] adds little to the cinematic understanding of Johnson's presidency already supplied.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
13% Geostorm (2017) The script, every scene of which you've seen 100 times already, ends with a sermon urging us to unite and salvage the future, though this rings hollow coming at the end of a $120 million exercise in sci-fi denial. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lanthimos's habitual tweaking of bourgeois values is diluted here by the familiar mechanics of the stalker plot, given a somber, arty staging and periodically goosed by the discordant strings of Hungarian avant-garde composer György Ligeti.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) [The Snowman] is two hours of uninterrupted, snow-caked boredom.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
72% Wonderstruck (2017) The intersection point of the children's respective time lines is predictable and slow to arrive, but the movie is handsomely mounted like all of Haynes's work.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
75% Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) (2017) [Woodpeckers] is an emotional hothouse.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
86% 12 Days (2017) One might say the film is illuminating in its opacity: one comes to it expecting bold insights into mental illness but leaves with a new appreciation of how invisible such illness can be.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
80% The Square (2017) The Square is an art installation outside the museum, a little zone in which "we all share equal rights and obligations," and that concept informs much of the film's satire.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
No Score Yet The Murder of Fred Hampton (2006) As a first draft of history, this is invaluable, though its topical relevance has hardly diminished. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
91% Chavela (2017) As this documentary by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi reveals, Vargas came by her tragic persona honestly.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
80% Loving Vincent (2017) The roiling landscape scenes betray the redundance of animating images that already sizzle with energy, but the portraiture works beautifully, especially because the actors who supply the characters' voices and visages are first-rate.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Ex Libris proves that the idea of the library is still going strong, though the idea of "the public" may be another matter.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
32% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) [Mark Felt] is an informative but clumsy biopic. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
87% American Made (2017) One assumes that Cruise got this film made, yet he's a terrible fit for the role: he's always done his best work portraying smart, insightful characters in dramatic stories, but Seal was a yahoo whose sorry escapades are played here for cynical laughs.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Director Denis Villeneuve, who earned his sci-fi bona fides with Arrival, successfully replicates the cold austerity Ridley Scott brought to Blade Runner.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
19% Woodshock (2017) Orbiting her like vague moons are three young men-her concerned husband, her cagey boss at the dispensary, and an adenoidal young admirer-most of whom seemed as puzzled by the situation as I was.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
92% Super Dark Times (2017) Unfortunately the story is such an indie-cinema chestnut that its familiarity tends to overshadow Phillips's careful cultural notation, and the movie drifts further into mystery convention as it goes along.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% Signature Move (2017) This plays like a hipster version of a Nia Vardalos comedy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% The Boom (Il boom) (1963) [A] snappy Italian satire, somewhat reminiscent of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Emma Stone and Steve Carell are both excellent, which makes you wish Beaufoy had done more with the story's most complicated friendship-between the two well-matched athletes.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) [Adèlle] Haenel's deadpan performance makes this a tough sell, leaving only the common mechanisms of a suspense plot to move the drama forward.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
96% Stronger (2017) Movies like this are supposed to center on love, family, and triumph, but director David Gordon Green, to his credit, tends to heighten the characters' least noble moments. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
68% mother! (2017) The gutsy [Jennifer] Lawrence [is] badly miscast as a shrinking violet. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
56% Copwatch (2017) ... personal concerns fill the movie out to feature length but add little to the complicated debate over reforming police tactics.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
100% Dolores (2017) Hagiographic but still lively and informative, this documentary by Peter Bratt shines a spotlight on a historic, relatively overlooked figure... ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) ... the best performance, appropriately, comes from the actor you probably haven't heard of: Austin Abrams... ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
87% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) ... for the most part the veteran actresses salvage the soapy plot by playing their scenes together with a Gallic toughness.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet Vibration (1968) The sex scenes, shot from the waist up and with the lovers in a continuous state of orgasm, seem tame now; more potent by far is the internal friction between Sarno's undeniably male gaze and his sincere desire to learn what women want.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
87% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) [Amat Escalante's] film may lack the subtlety of Val Lewton's famously allusive RKO chillers, but there's the same sense that the shadowy rooms braved by the characters are no less than the human psyche itself.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) [Columbus] unfolds in a series of grandly composed frames that range from fanatically symmetrical interior shots to boldly geometric exterior shots showcasing the local gems.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/4 85% Nocturama (2017) You're in for the most suspenseful film to hit town all year.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
76% Crown Heights (2017) The two men's relationship, and others in the film, might have been explored in greater depth, but Ruskin rightly keeps his focus on the judicial system as it fails Warner again and again.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/4 91% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) Intimacy might be a source of irritation, but in After Love it can be downright excruciating. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/4 30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) Like [Albert] Brooks, [Lake] Bell has an off-kilter perspective that keeps you laughing even as it threatens to capsize the story.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
100% The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis) (2017) It's a long night all right, though it may have been longer for me than for him.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Few movies have captured as vividly the humbling sense of social media as a gigantic party welcoming everyone but us.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) The movie is smart and funny, though ultimately it's less noteworthy as an entertainment than as a marketing concept.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) [Pierce] Brosnan is especially good: he's been chasing critical respect ever since he signed off as James Bond. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
82% Patti Cake$ (2017) The movie unfolds in a dead-end working-class community (Bergen County, New Jersey), with a nobody protagonist proving her worth through the strength, elegance, and wisdom of her rhymes.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
85% The Trip to Spain (2017) It's like the Fast and the Furious movies, but with celebrity impressions instead of hot rods.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
74% Landline (2017) Like [Obvious Child], this one benefits from Slate's ample charm and comic timing, though they've been funneled into a more conventional coming-of-age story.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017