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Kimberley Jones

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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.

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The Puffy Chair

In their first feature, former Austinites the Duplass brothers have made a near-perfect relationship-trauma comedy.

Film Review, Jun. 2, 2006


This Aussie coming-of-age film features a mesmerizing performance by stateside newcomer Abbie Cornish as the 16-year-old lead.

Film Review, May. 19, 2006

The Celestine Prophecy

The New Age metaphysics-cum-pulp thriller novel is now a movie.

Film Review, May. 12, 2006

One Last Thing …

A 16-year-old with terminal cancer just wants to have sex before dying in this sweet, if overly earnest feature.

Film Review, May. 5, 2006

In Print

'Screenwriters' Masterclass'

Screens Feature, Apr. 28, 2006

Friends With Money

Forget friends with money – how about friends with husbands, kids, mortgages, and so-called life plans? That’s the short list of differences between the depressed, single stoner, played by Jennifer Aniston, and her circle of female friends.

Film Review, Apr. 21, 2006


Room wears the skin of a psychological thriller, but plays out as something far darker, weirder, and more distancing. The film was invited to Cannes and earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for its Austin artists, Kyle Henry and Cyndi Williams.

Film Review, Apr. 7, 2006

Ice Age: The Meltdown

An exercise in the superfluous, this sequel lacks the original film’s geniality – and all of its pro-environment stumping.

Film Review, Mar. 31, 2006

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story

Tristram Shandy’s inspired, breakneck madness provides a good forum for Michael Winterbottom’s chief talent: the illumination of human nature, with all its messes and occasional marvels.

Film Review, Mar. 24, 2006

After the Crash


Screens Feature, Mar. 17, 2006

Live Free or Die

Screens Feature, Mar. 17, 2006

Things That Hang From Trees

Screens Feature, Mar. 17, 2006


In an opening voiceover, a superhuman killing machine warns, “I was born into a world you may not understand.” Boy hidee, she ain’t kidding, and fully 88 minutes later, that world is still pocked with incomprehensibility.

Film Review, Mar. 10, 2006

Buzz Kill

Director Kelly Reichardt's keeping quiet on the darling of Sundance and Rotterdam

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2006

Hello Mother, Hello Father

'51 Birch Street'

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2006

Ballets Russes

Majestic movie about once celebrated, now long defunct ballet company that changed the face of modern dance.

Film Review, Feb. 17, 2006

The Blue Butterfly

The Hallmark homilies are all there in this family-friendly feature about a cancer-stricken 10-year-old searching for the elusive morpho butterfly, but when the principals arrive in rainforest country, the film shifts gears and begins to breathe.

Film Review, Feb. 10, 2006

Something New

Think Bridget Jones' lovelorn but marriage-obsessed single woman, only make her a neat-freak, not a basket case, and a comely African-American, not a plumpish, pasty Brit in this genre-tweaking romantic comedy.

Film Review, Feb. 3, 2006

Glory Road

Even though Glory Road presents a fictionalized account of what many count as the most significant NCAA basketball game ever played, the film remains a predictable sports rouser.

Film Review, Jan. 13, 2006

Tristan & Isolde

This new version of the timeless love story is a dopey, mopey, all-around bore.

Film Review, Jan. 13, 2006

Nine Lives

Composed of nine occasionally interlocking vignettes that star a dozen or so terrific actresses, Nine Lives presents intimate portraits of women grapplng with life.

Film Review, Jan. 6, 2006

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. 3, 2005


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Happy Endings

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

Film Review, Jul. 29, 2005

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