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Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 98% Iris (2015) Iris is a potent argument against fast fashion, fast anything. And as a quiet cataloging of a couple slowing down and accessorized with wheelchairs, walking sticks, and hands tightly clasped, it becomes a poignant snatch of real-time aging.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
3.5/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) It's all a little dutiful-seeming, but the making of the movie is Carey Mulligan.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 100% Arlo and Julie (2015) It's a likably misfit little movie, even if you can imagine it better suited as a lengthy short film or as a superior installment on one of those midcentury television playhouse series.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
3.5/5 82% Dior and I (2015) A piece of Dior haute couture to hang in the closet is probably not in most of our futures, but this enthralling documentary allows viewers to finger the hem, so to speak, of some grand designs indeed.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2015
0/5 5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 doesn't believe in the worthiness of its own hero. Why should we?‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) A rattling and ruminative piece of speculative fiction, Ex Machina is good enough to wish it were even better.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/5 29% The Longest Ride (2015) There's little here to convince the audience of boy and girl's special chemistry, and nothing to attach the audience to them, either.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 79% Queen and Country (2015) I wasn't especially amused by the anecdotal plot.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 86% Ballet 422 (2015) Anyone with a zest for dance will find plenty of interest here.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.5/5 56% Focus (2015) Focus has some hard swallows, including a last-reel speech so inessential it's comical, but it's also got a unique syncopation about it that's admirable, if not entirely effective.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/5 71% The DUFF (2015) The DUFF is exponentially dumb. For starters, Mae Whitman isn't fat or ugly. Point of fact, she's wildly charismatic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
1/5 12% Mortdecai (2015) This one's dead on arrival.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) It's kind of a thriller, but any genre expectations will be thwarted by writer/director J.C. Chandor's almost-perverse pleasure in stopping shy of the boiling point. A Most Violent Year is all about the simmer.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) [Benedict Cumberbatch] has had a meteoric rise, and for good reason -- he's really good at what he does. Here, he does a lot with a little.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
2.5/5 27% Annie (2014) Gluck's remake isn't the train wreck that the first trailer portended. A train wreck would be more interesting. Annie is more like a placid drive through flatland, with the occasional cow spotting to break up the scenery.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2014
3.5/5 90% Wild (2014) Wild is the rare film to catch the interior life by its wriggling tail.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/5 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) The film moves so fast, failed jokes are forgotten easily, and its commitment to daffiness strikes the right chord. And, oh yes: Even computer-generated penguins really are just the cutest.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2014
2.5/5 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Audiences have a long year to wait for Part 2. Would it not have been better to leave them breathless than heaving a sigh?‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
2/5 0% Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) As a movie, Saving Christmas is not good. But as a teaching aid for congregants about having their fruitcake and eating it, too? Sure, why not. Go nuts, guys.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
4.5/5 93% Force Majeure (2014) The film gets its biggest laughs -- and there truly are some grandly bleak belly-shakers here -- by upsetting the apple cart on traditional gender roles.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/5 71% Interstellar (2014) Boldly swinging for the rafters and face-planting half the time, [Nolan is] uncharacteristically willing to embarrass himself here. There's a lot to admire in that.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/5 94% Whiplash (2014) The leads' prolonged, puffed-feathers sparring is entertaining while it lasts, but the sensation of something sizable is only fleeting.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/5 78% Harmontown (2014) As much a portrait of a community as of its brilliant, de facto mayor, Harmontown is a stirring tribute to the restorative power of finding your people.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
4.5/5 91% Birdman (2014) Iñárritu is a magician of transference; he strong-arms the audience into sharing Riggan's racing heart rate and roiling gut-feel.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
1/5 32% Men, Women & Children (2014) Not just narratively crude but aesthetically ugly.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) The finely calibrated performances of the three leading men pull the film through to its moving conclusion.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/5 86% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) It's a keen, dual character study that goosed both hot tears and teeth-grinding from me.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 41% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2014
4/5 68% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 91% Frank (2014) A likable but ultimately slight arthouse comedy.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
2.5/5 74% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/5 71% What If (2014) None of it feels terribly authentic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 17% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/5 68% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 45% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Forget divining who's predator and who's prey. Everybody's chum here.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2014
1.5/5 23% Tammy (2014) Unimaginatively filmed and of a misbegotten construction.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2014
4/5 89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 81% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 84% Belle (2014) It's all quite well done, if only a touch too decorous.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 91% 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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014