Kimberley Jones

Kimberley Jones
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Austin Chronicle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II revives and doubles down on the good and the bad of its 2013 monster hit predecessor. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey may not soar to new heights or tender any surprises, but there's a pleasure to its predictableness. It's so very ... capable. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 98% One Child Nation (2019) The one-child era is still recent enough to exist in living memory, but that won't always be the case; given authoritarian governments' habit of rewriting history to their liking, One Child Nation feels like an essential document. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 89% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) In the Aisles has just the softest breath of a plot, but director Thomas Stuber paints a mesmerizing portrait of the grocery store's weird night kingdom and the surrounding community looking the worse for wear, post-reunification. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 71% This One's for the Ladies (2019) Graham's film teems with fascinating characters -- ultimately, too many for the abbreviated running time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) My emotional investment in the story was pretty much zilch, but I marveled over the depth of field, the nuance of expression, the way shadows and light played on these plasticine faces. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Oliver and director Ry Russo-Young (Before I Fall)... don't go far enough to mask the skimpiness of the story, which has been whittled down to Natasha and Daniel almost exclusively. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The Chesters' thoughtful approach to living in harmony with nature is one we should all buy into. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Theron works so well here because the script actually gives her something interesting to work with. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 96% Little Woods (2019) A thriller wants to entertain you. Little Woods wants you to think, and feel. I did both. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 93% Diane (2019) [It's] a remarkable film that will see Diane through many losses, and some gains, with her to the last. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo's palpable anxiety might prove too intense for younger viewers; this fully grown person may have leaked tears in commiseration. But mostly there were tears of joy, because movies can still make the heart sing. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) You can see the work, how much effort goes into trying - and, in Gloria Bell's ultimately optimistic framing, that the work is still worth it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) These dragons are rendered so expressively, and they have become so dear. We may not deserve them, but that doesn't stop the heart from wanting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 20% Serenity (2019) [It's] overstuffed with plot complications, overheated with bad acting and maudlin sentiment. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/5 66% Vice (2018) It's not a terribly psychologically rich portrait, but nuance isn't what the film is shooting for. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) It's all a little dizzying, and truly dispiriting. Wu unpacks a heady system and makes sense of it for newbies. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/5 84% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 37% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 59% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
91% King Lear (2018) The whole cast - top-notch - takes Anthony Hopkins' lead and chews the scenery down to gristle and bone. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 100% Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End (2017) The art speaks for itself. We should listen. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 91% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 98% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 86% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 95% RBG (2018) Ginsburg's contributions are substantial; this peppy portrait feels a little lightweight next to her stature. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 37% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2.5/5 81% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 80% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4.5/5 95% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/5 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Turning Poirot into an action figure with a gun is simply heresy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) An absolute blast. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
1.5/5 10% Tulip Fever (2017) Director Justin Chadwick and screenwriter Tom Stoppard can't find a pulse, let alone set the heart racing. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017