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Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 90% 20th Century Women (2017) This movie is delightful -- funny and dreamy and sometimes desperately sad. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 32% Live By Night (2017) Squint and you can just catch a trace of what a terrific movie this could have been. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) What's plain onscreen -- and often metered out in short, choppy scenes -- is an inconsistency in tone, swerving from peppy to morose, and an ambivalence in whether we're meant to read Hughes as a comical or tragic figure. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) [It's] a kinda corny, kinda cool, big-budgeted Hollywood to-do with the nerviness to ask a million-dollar question but baffled by how best to answer it. Still, not a bad conversation starter. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) It's almost criminal to have to stay in your seat when the contact high of La La Land is goosing you to grand jeté in the aisle. The heart, at least, is at liberty to swell to bursting. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) [Chastain] even sells the plot's preposterous twist like a boss. It's not her fault, but the movie feels a little silly next to her stature. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Sigh all you want about genre fatigue, but I say the world can never have too many movies about mouthy teens. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) [The film] roughly sticks to the plot points of the novel but sheds its nuance. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 19% Inferno (2016) Irrfan Khan is Inferno's secret weapon. Whether ordering a faraway assassination from his floating HQ or drily doing a whack job himself, you never see him sweat. What a relief. We've sweated enough. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2016
0.5/5 21% Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Excepting Perry's performance as Brian, the film is chockablock with terrible actors, and the jokes he gives his inferior cast to work with are stinkers. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Never Go Back is boilerplate action-thriller, filmed with an anonymous style and scripted so that characters talk in catchphrases. It clears the bar of competency, but what kind of recommendation is that? ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) It's a tedious watch, inferior in every way to David Fincher's slick, grinningly grim Gone Girl. Any chance for lightning striking twice is going, going, gone. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 53% The Dressmaker (2016) The Dressmaker's twists are best experienced blind, and its treats are modest but genuine. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/5 81% My Blind Brother (2016) The studio-produced romantic comedy may be flatlining, but who cares, so long as snappy indies like this one step up to fill the void? ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 87% Other People (2016) Other People is gentle, heartfelt, and of a delicate build. Kelly's best observations are small but true: the touching banality of a bad pop song, and that "other people" is in fact most people, if you're paying attention. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) This Baby's no great shakes -- it's only been 12 hours since I saw it and I've already forgotten almost everything about it. Yet I remember it with something like fondness. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/5 87% Mia Madre (2016) Ma Madre is effective in dramatizing the familiar paces adult children go through tending to their parents: the hospital indignities, confused consults with doctors, and helplessness at encroaching dementia. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) If [Herzog's] closing image of a campfire reads a touch obvious, you can't really argue with his point, or its poetic justice. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 97% Little Men (2016) Nobody's a monster here, and that's the subtle, aching rub of Little Men. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party glints of greatness, but this is half-cocked comedy at best. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 60% War Dogs (2016) Does everybody know how good Jonah Hill's gotten? ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 18, 2016
1.5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Maybe if Star Trek Beyond were stupider it wouldn't feel like such a chore. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/5 93% Life, Animated (2016) I sobbed -- so much -- watching this movie. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) The actresses are so quick and so supple, the force of their individual personalities and their irresistible camaraderie hoik the film up from its middling story and scripted jokes. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The Secret Life may take a dog's perspective, but it's not a bad metaphor for the neighboring nations of heaven and hell found in New York City, block to block. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Our Kind of Traitor is in dire need of a compelling antagonist. What it does have in its favor are two sit-up-and-clap supporting turns from Skarsgård... and Lewis. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 75% The BFG (2016) This kind giant transcends his CGI limitations to feel quite real, and like a devoted friend. Who could blame a child for believing he'll be there to catch her when she falls? ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 51% Genius (2016) I wouldn't call Genius inspired, but not for nothing it inspired me to pick up Look Homeward, Angel for the first time. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) Where Finding Nemo capitalized on the awesome splendor and danger of the ocean, this follow-up shifts much of its action to an aquatic park and becomes broader and sillier, or at least reality-busting, for it. And, hey, that's OK. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) The ego, excess, and product synergy just don't feel all that exaggerated from pop music's real-life absurdities. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) [Miller] has such compassion for these characters. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/5 58% Me Before You (2016) Me Before You isn't going to win any awards for sophistication in storytelling or direction, but it tenderly reproduces the book's most iconic scenes, and their tearjerking effect. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The film's special effects are quite something to behold, though Alice's travels through time go on for too long. The old, familiar characters serve merely as a Wonderland Greek chorus, but add nothing new to the story. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) What wicked good fun it is watching this bad girl do her worst. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) A likably tetchy comedy squinting its way through the chest cough of Los Angeles smog circa 1977. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/5 57% Money Monster (2016) While the Occupy Wall Street rage supposedly fueling this thing is flimsy, what's left is still solidly entertaining. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 24% Being Charlie (2016) The film's great disappointment: that something so clearly conceived in earnestness and from real-life, first-person experience ends up feeling, well, kinda fake. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War hinges on a public outcry for accountability and oversight. Which sounds about as sexy as the minutes from a zoning meeting, but in practice makes for a toothsome debate ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 5, 2016
1.5/5 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal is a perfectly passable thriller, if you're cool with no one here passing as an actual human being. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) The effects don't have the same splendor, or terrifying menace, as the original. The second half's quest plot suffers from one unmemorable set-piece after another. The actors are all game, but the job's beneath them. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 78% The First Monday in May (2016) The whole film is a delicious excuse to gawk - at the magnificent costumes, at the diplomatic dance of museum personnel and party planners, and at the sumptuous squish of so many egos sharing space. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3.5/5 91% City Of Gold (2016) The film's final shots of Gold in his truck, negotiating Los Angeles traffic at sunset - "magic hour," in La La Land's dreamy lingo - drive home the film's raison d'être: as an ode to the city, and to its most lyrical chronicler. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3.5/5 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) My Golden Days is ostensibly a prequel to My Sex Life, but more so, it's in conversation with all of Desplechin's films. That's what gives this film an extra emotional heft and the fizzy disorientation of "I remember this rabbit hole." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Three films into the ongoing Divergent series, one would hope we'd moved beyond laying plates and folding napkins to get to something more substantial. Yet Allegiant barely makes it to the appetizer course. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3.5/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) The material begs for a much longer consideration than the film's trim 79 minutes, but it's still a must-watch for serious film fans. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2/5 47% How To Be Single (2016) Catches the hangnail of millennial hookup culture in its teeth but can't figure out how to chew it over insightfully ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2.5/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Well, dear reader, it's no great shakes, but it's a lot more fun than you'd expect. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4.5/5 97% 45 Years (2015) [Rampling's] magnificent, in the most monumental sense of the word, and the rumply, agitated Courtenay - though not a mirror - is every bit her match. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) This is a visually stunning picture, a rhapsody of saturated color and contrasting texture, from the painstaking detail of coarse panda fur to the painterly dreamscape that is the spirit world. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa's great ingenuity is in how it imagines Michael's carbon-copied perception of the world. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2016