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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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Gallo Humor

His actions and words toe so close to ludicrous, one hopes that Vincent Gallo as we know him – wildly talented, largely objectionable – is all some kind of performance art piece à la Andy Kaufman.

Screens Daily, Nov. 29, 2007 2:04 PM

I'm Not There

This meditation on Bob Dylan is infused with love – not the slavish kind but a true-eyed tribute to the artist who belongs to nobody and everybody at once.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2007

The Hypocrisy of Disco: A Memoir

Disco doesn't have much to do with anything in Clane Hayward's memoir of her late Seventies, peripatetic preteens, which were spent shuttling between a hippie mom, redneck dad, and anybody else with an open space – but not necessarily an open heart – in which Hayward could crash

Books Review, Nov. 23, 2007

The Capitol Beat on Books

Texas Book Festival Wrap

Books Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

Screens Review, Feb. 23, 2007


Previewing the 2006 Texas Book Festival

Books Feature, Oct. 27, 2006

The Image Formed

Short Highlights

Screens Feature, Oct. 20, 2006

Kicking and Screaming

So how does it hold up, the arch back-and-forth of these kids treading water in dead-end video-store gigs and oddly affecting affairs with underage girls?

Screens Review, Sep. 8, 2006

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

Interviews and reviews

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

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