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A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Kimberley Jones has written about film, books, and pop culture for The Austin Chronicle since 2000. The Association of Alternative Newsmedia awarded her film reviews first place for Arts Criticism in 2013.

42 articles in 2005   •   page 1 of 2

Memoirs of a Geisha

Well, we’re not in Chicago anymore, or even its soundstage approximation, but that hasn’t stopped Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall from fashioning another epic spectacle out of two squabbling women in (a sort-of) show business.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2005

The Family Stone

This likable romantic comedy runs the gamut of emotions – hitting tenderness, rage, remorse, and everything in between – but there are too many characters with too little chemistry to be a real keeper.

Film Review, Dec. 16, 2005

Christmas in the Clouds

This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres four years late but seasonally right on time.

Film Review, Dec. 2, 2005

Bee Season

Myla Goldberg’s novel about spelling-bee fever, a family in chaos, and religious/mystic exploration arrives on the screen with all its faults intact but few of its charms.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2005

The Squid and the Whale

In this expertly acted piece about the coming apart of a family of New York intellectuals, humor is served not with a smirk but with a helpless shrug.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2005

Capote

While Capote is a good film, it hasn’t closed the book on the subject, even though the performances are undeniably great.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2005

Thumbsucker

The plot realistically mimics a teenager’s adriftness and tendency toward hairpin-turn mood shifts as it bounds from the wonderfully affecting to the decidedly idiosyncratic to the occasionally absurd.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2005

Waiting ...

This frequently offensive and doggedly disgusting film about working in the restaurant industry is technically inept and wholly crude.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2005

The Greatest Game Ever Played

The improbable but true triumph of 19-year-old amateur American golfer Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U.S. Open is given the David and Goliath treatment.

Film Review, Sep. 30, 2005

Serenity

Joss Whedon’s Western/sci-fi hybrid (which was canceled from TV but greenlighted for the movies) evinces the kind of swashbuckling bonhomie that made so many of us fall in love with the original Star Wars films.

Film Review, Sep. 29, 2005

The Baxter

Director Showalter (Comedy Central's Stella) misses a terrific opportunity to pull back the curtain on "the other guy" – the Baxter is the lead man's second fiddle in your standard romantic comedy – and ends up making a pretty good case for why the sad sack never gets the girl.

Film Review, Sep. 16, 2005

2046

At once tremendously dense and gossamer-thin, this period romance/sci-fi hybrid from Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai is a riot of sight and sound that has an irresistible, elemental pull.

Film Review, Sep. 9, 2005

Junebug

With this film built on a host of remarkably nuanced Southern characters, first-time filmmaker Phil Morrison announces himself with assurance and uniqueness of vision.

Film Review, Sep. 2, 2005

Undiscovered

A musician and an actress circle and sniff, and generally run through every cliché in the why-can’t-we-be-together playbook.

Film Review, Sep. 2, 2005

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

A standout, a gross-out comedy that makes its audience go "awwww" as much as it goes "ewwww."

Film Review, Aug. 19, 2005

Last Days

Gus Van Sant concocts an abstruse film "loosely inspired" by the end of Kurt Cobain’s life.

Film Review, Aug. 12, 2005

The Chumscrubber

Teens, suburbia, five sets of dysfunctional parents, and the suicide that looms over it all.

Film Review, Aug. 5, 2005

Happy Endings

Movie about master manipulators and the people who love them is rife with surprises.

Film Review, Jul. 29, 2005

Must Love Dogs

Convinced that one is the loneliest number, a divorced woman uses man's best friend to catch a new mate.

Film Review, Jul. 29, 2005

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Performance artist Miranda July's feature-length debut is packed with arresting images, moments, and single lines of dialogue – enough to earn the film top awards at Sundance and Cannes.

Film Review, Jul. 15, 2005

Heights

This intersecting story that follows a half-dozen New Yorkers over the course of one long day and night is intellectually engaging and genuinely surprising, although not terribly risky.

Film Review, Jul. 15, 2005

Wedding Crashers

The film’s sour tone, unremarkable direction, and bewildering characterizations of sexuality and race will probably not not hurt the comedy's charm at the box office.

Film Review, Jul. 15, 2005

Paheli

The Hindi megastar Shahrukh Khan and the arthouse director Amol Palekar combine forces for this new Bollywood fable.

Film Review, Jul. 1, 2005

Bewitched

Again Kidman goes for another nose-centric role, yet Nora Ephron's very meta remake of the old TV show still misfires.

Film Review, Jun. 24, 2005

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Pitt and Jolie, who are reduced to set dressing in their own star vehicle, nevertheless pack a lot of bang for the buck.

Film Review, Jun. 17, 2005

Mondovino

Sprawling documentary about the globalization of the wine industry is ambitious but frequently directionless – for true connoisseurs only.

Film Review, Jun. 10, 2005

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

For a movie about magic pants, this film shows a surprising level of sophistication – in its performances, its production values, and its emotional maturity.

Film Review, Jun. 3, 2005

Madagascar

Gently amusing stuff, sure, but nothing terribly inspiring in this animated tale of zoo animals heading back to the wild.

Film Review, May. 27, 2005

2046

Screens Feature, May. 27, 2005

Head-On

The marriage of two Turks who meet while in a German psychiatric hospital grows from a relationship of convenience into a genuine love affair.

Film Review, May. 20, 2005

Dear Frankie

An ad hoc dad turns out to be far better than the real thing in this sentimental Scottish yarn.

Film Review, Apr. 15, 2005

Melinda and Melinda

Woody Allen literally imagines a scenario as both a comedy and a tragedy, but we can't understand why half of this movie isn't at least amusing.

Film Review, Apr. 1, 2005

Ice Princess

This refreshingly femme-centric tale advocates on behalf of physics, feminism, and athleticism.

Film Review, Mar. 25, 2005

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

Screens Feature, Mar. 25, 2005

Gunner Palace

Uday Hussein's former pleasure palace is now home to an American artillery regiment, whose members we get to know from their poolside antics to their far more sobering responsibilities of patrolling Baghdad.

Film Review, Mar. 18, 2005

Kissing On the Mouth

Screens Feature, Mar. 18, 2005

Cavite

Screens Feature, Mar. 18, 2005

Robots

There are no great animation advance in Robots, but neither is it a return to The Ice Age.

Film Review, Mar. 11, 2005

The Sea Inside

Moving chronicle of the real-life 30-year battle waged by paraplegic Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem) to end his life.

Film Review, Feb. 25, 2005

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

First-time director Niels Mueller tells "the mad story of a true man" in this tragic portrait of Sam Bicke, who tried to fly an airplane into the White House in 1974.

Film Review, Jan. 21, 2005

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