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Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 90% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) What I learned from Monrovia, Indiana is that I - personally - am bored by mattress shopping, City Council arguments over fire hydrants, and high school band concerts I am not obligated by shared DNA to attend.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 40% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) On the strength of this sequel - a dense yet deft return to the high standards Yates set with the Potter films - count this Muggle's heart and mind all in.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 58% The Grinch (2018) The Grinch is, emphatically, a children's movie. And that's okay. Kids will love the physical comedy and the zoomy direction, slaloming up and down Whoville's wintry slopes. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 55% Australia (2008) When [Luhrmann] goes from silly to turgid in 60 seconds flat -- he punctures Australia's proportions down from epic to simply overwrought.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
89% King Lear (2018) The whole cast - top-notch - takes Anthony Hopkins' lead and chews the scenery down to gristle and bone.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film treats their growing intimacy, in all its permutations, like an objet d'art, to be turned over and examined, delicately, from every angle. When they're together, the film is electric.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End (2017) The art speaks for itself. We should listen.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 99% McQueen (2018) It's as close as most of us will ever get to a McQueen original.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It gets some wickedly funny jabs in at the fabulously wealthy. But it isn't mean-spirited. Rather, Crazy Rich Asians' prevailing mood is one of joyfulness. I got a contact high.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kunis and McKinnon don't exactly set the screen on fire with their chemistry, and there are only the most perfunctory shadings to their characters.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Poignantly recalling that time of life when we were first learning how to be our best selves, the film unstridently reminds us that the work doesn't stop once we grow up and out of the neighborhood.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) The film only skims the various rungs Talley climbed in his career; more effectively, it chronicles the ascension of his persona.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 95% Outside In (2018) What keeps Outside In interesting throughout is the nuanced work of its so very watchable leads - especially Duplass, who spent the first half of his career behind the camera writing, directing, and producing film and TV with his brother Mark.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 94% RBG (2018) Ginsburg's contributions are substantial; this peppy portrait feels a little lightweight next to her stature.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/5 60% Ramen Heads (2018) If Tomita Ramen is Mount Olympus, then the structurally scattershot and aesthetically clunky Ramen Heads is rooted more in the weeds.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) [Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland] give potent and particular performances, bright buoys at sea in an otherwise nondescript picture.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin never mocks historical horrors. Instead, the broadness, the outrageousness, with which it dramatizes the banality of evil - and bureaucracy, too - is what makes it so very chilling. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) [Storm] Reid is a real find - no-nonsense but still, yes, relatable in her self-doubt and tentative connection with Miller, another able young performer. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 88% Annihilation (2018) "You don't get it" is a more strategic posture than "Nothing to see here." But the latter is where I ended up, exhausted by the journey and bored by its conclusions.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2.5/5 82% Early Man (2018) Early Man is wanting: of a cleverer narrative, of memorable characters. It's not bad, necessarily. It just feels like an early draft of a better movie to come.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) These are full-bodied performances, with Peter's ardency and Gloria's kittenishness signaled in a hungry look, a wag of the eyebrows. Fittingly, the film's best scene needs no words‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2.5/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) These young actors transcend T.S. Nowlin's lackluster script - not exactly saving the world, sure, but they do save The Death Cure from being instantly forgotten.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1.5/5 24% Forever My Girl (2018) Roe and Rothe are nice enough to look at, but together, there's no spark, and separate, little evidence of an interior life.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4.5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) That topic has certainly been batted around before on film, but what sets Phantom Thread apart is that it isn't an apologia, or an exorcism. It's a Valentine. The heart, after all, is our strongest muscle.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2.5/5 76% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The book's mysteries and bleak epiphanies prove too subtle for the film to adapt with any deep impact.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4.5/5 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A love affair is inevitable, but Guadagnino doesn't skim over Elio's prolonged longing, which is what makes Call Me by Your Name most potent as a coming-of-age picture, not a mere romance.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) A depressing reminder that Wonder Woman was an anomaly, not the new normal. Busy and boring and oppressively computer generated, Justice League screams we're back to business as usual.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Turning Poirot into an action figure with a gun is simply heresy.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) An absolute blast.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 97% Lucky (2017) You feel Lucky's frustration and gloom, how they burden him, without Stanton opening his mouth.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
1.5/5 9% Tulip Fever (2017) Director Justin Chadwick and screenwriter Tom Stoppard can't find a pulse, let alone set the heart racing.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3.5/5 82% The Trip to Spain (2017) All apologies to Hope and Crosby, but [Steve] Coogan and [Rob] Brydon are now the kings of the 'Road to' movie. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3.5/5 92% Logan Lucky (2017) Heartfelt felicitations to [Steven] Soderbergh on his rebirth of the cool.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4/5 50% The Glass Castle (2017) Though I longed for the same rawness, the emotional nearness of Short Term 12, there's something to be said for Cretton keeping the audience at a slight remove: The better to admire this polished, accomplished picture.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/5 75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) The Exception's line is not an easy one to walk, this marriage of soapy melodrama and real-world events, and with Courtney leading the parade, it's destined for failure.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is as personal as it gets, but Gordon and Nanjiani pull no punches and steer well clear of preciousness. I laughed plenty at their film, cried my guts out, too, and went home elated.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 80% Past Life (2017) Rieger and Tagar capture the intimacy and competitive sniping of siblings, and they're each stunning in opposite roles.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3.5/5 75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Unvarnished and often silent, [Hayek] holds the camera's gaze like a dare. She cuts such a striking figure, you'll want to follow her anywhere... and where the film ultimately follows is utterly gutting.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) The Tavern footage is terrific stuff - unstaged and unmediated and the closest the camera gets to penetrating the enigmatic yet magnetic chef.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Nothing here excites the imagination, conveys the rich romance of the legend, or even sticks in the brain after you've unstuck your feet from the movie theatre floor.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) A Quiet Passion's manneredness overwhelmed me at times, but it is very effective - chilling, even - in its charting of one woman's disappointed journey to the rhetorical coda of her own life: "Why has the world become so ugly?"‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 26% Unforgettable (2017) The film gets there eventually, but one wishes it weren't so timid about embracing the inherent schlockiness of the genre.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Sneer all you want at the so-called low culture of F&F, but never underestimate the pure pleasure of watching grownups play smash 'em up with life-sized Hot Wheels.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
.5/5 17% CHIPS (2017) The investigation is dull, the jokes dispiritingly flat-footed, with Ponch's sex addiction and squirminess over male intimacy supplying most of the setups for CHIPS's puerile humor.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 43% Song to Song (2017) It's hard to say if the film's opaqueness is a distraction, or a saving grace; certainly, this kind of Euro arty ethos is easier to swallow in another language.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan (2017) In erratic, passionate bursts, I loved Logan, for the tenderness of Wolverine and Xavier's long goodbye to each other, and to us.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/5 93% Neruda (2016) This is a strange and beguiling film to the end.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Intensely observational.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/5 82% The Founder (2017) An actor most at home playing devilish, Keaton's got the last-reel Machiavellian shrug down cold. But neither he nor the filmmakers do much to illuminate the neural pistons fired from brain to bodily shrug.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) This movie is delightful -- funny and dreamy and sometimes desperately sad.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017