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Kimberley Jones


TWITTER: @chronkimjones

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.

32 articles in 2000

Finding Forrester

To watch Gus Van Sant's new Finding Forrester is a lot like realizing your gifted and talented child isn't a kid genius after all. Maybe...

Film Review, Dec. 29, 2000

You Can Count On Me

Just about everybody has a ne'er-do-well in his life. That one person who can't seem to make it right, no matter how hard he tries,...

Film Review, Dec. 22, 2000

What Women Want

What women really want is for their men to act more like women. At least, that's the theory espoused by toothsome Mel Gibson's new “rake-on-the-road-to-redemption”...

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2000

Sound and Fury

The sound of fury can be remarkably quiet. In the new documentary Sound and Fury, which debuted at Sundance, it's the sound of hands flying...

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2000

Two Family House

In Staten Island in 1956, owning a house means owning your freedom. It means not having to live in the home of your wife's parents,...

Film Review, Nov. 24, 2000

The Broken Hearts Club

There's been a fair amount of ballyhoo in the press about how remarkable The Broken Hearts Club is in its unremarkableness. The film, a favorite...

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2000

Venus Beauty Institute

Venus Beauty Institute has Douglas Sirk's soapy prints all over it. The César Award-winning French film follows in the footsteps of Sirk's sudsy “women's pictures”...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 2000

Solomon & Gaenor

Although writer/director Paul Morrisson wrote the original screenplay for his debut feature Solomon & Gaenor, the film feels like a literary adaptation, one of the...

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2000

Live Nude Girls Unite!

The exotic dancers who work at the Lusty Lady Theater in San Francisco are all hot and bothered, but not for that guy behind the...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 2000

Freaky Friday

This minor Disney classic tells the story of one weird day in the lives of Ellen and Annabel Andrews, during which some serious cosmic mojo...

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2000

Barenaked in America

There’s just something about nice guys from Canada: Michael J. Fox, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis - Barenaked Ladies? Sure enough, these Top 40...

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2000


Did you hear the one about the guy who went home with a woman and woke up without a kidney? The award-winning, arthouse film Urbania...

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2000

Love & Sex

Breaking up may be hard to do, but it can also be fodder for cinematic genius (Woody Allen’s classic Annie Hall springs to mind). Culling...

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2000


Bait begins by trading off between two scenes: Bristol (Hutchinson), a computer-savvy psychopath, tries to pull off a $42 million heist; and Foxx, as bumbling...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 2000

Steal This Movie!

If nothing else, Steal This Movie! provides an invaluable service in educating a new generation about the man, the myth, and the manic depression that...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 2000

Strictly Ballroom

Screens Review, Sep. 22, 2000

Alice et Martin

Every adult is a reaction to a childhood. Our adult form represents the survival of (or the succumbing to) the traumas and triumphs of our...

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2000

The Watcher

A lot of critical comparisons have been made between The Watcher and “the watcher vs. the watched” motif that permeated much of Hitchcock's work. Bad...

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2000

Equinox Knocks

What if you went to bed one night as a 17-year-old girl and woke up the next day with morning wood and whiskers? That's the...

Film Review, Sep. 8, 2000


Whipped is very much a man's movie. Not just any man, but the frat boy, “lay-'em-and-leave-'em” type man whose vocabulary doesn't include big words like...

Film Review, Sep. 8, 2000

Godzilla 2000

I've always seen Godzilla as something forcedly kitschy, a view, I'm told, that disregards the complicated history of Godzilla, a creature borne out of a...

Film Review, Sep. 1, 2000

Bring It On

Catfights, navel-baring, a Top 40 soundtrack, sugarcoated sentiments: Cheerleaders grab center stage.

Film Review, Aug. 31, 2000

The Replacements

Everybody loves underdogs. Their stories inspire timeless tales, those of individuals who defy the odds, break all barriers, and become immortal -- if only for...

Film Review, Aug. 11, 2000

Coyote Ugly

Bemoaning the ever-declining standards in American cinema at this stage in the game is pointless, considering how completely saturated the market is with crap. So...

Film Review, Aug. 3, 2000

The In Crowd

The story reads like the latest Alyssa Milano straight-to-video release: Slightly crazy girl does stint in psych ward. She gets cautiously released into the free...

Film Review, Jul. 28, 2000


In Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, writer-director Heckerling turned a snarky eye on the myths and maneuverings of high school, creating in the...

Film Review, Jul. 21, 2000

The Big Blue: The Director's Cut

Included in the spate of summer re-releases is this 1988 Luc Besson film about competitive deep-sea diving. The Big Blue concerns itself with some big...

Film Review, Jul. 14, 2000

The Big Blue

Included in the spate of summer re-releases is this 1988 Luc Besson film about competitive deep-sea diving. The Big Blue concerns itself with some big...

Film Review, Jul. 12, 2000

Disney's the Kid

What do you get when you take the three ingredients that made The Sixth Sense so winning ­ Bruce Willis, a kid old beyond his...

Film Review, Jul. 6, 2000

Boys and Girls

There's a reason why we consistently fork over seven bucks for a love story. Most of the people populating the planet are either looking for...

Film Review, Jun. 23, 2000

Pop & Me

The idea's catchy enough: Father and son travel the world together for six months, interviewing other fathers and sons in an attempt to demystify the...

Film Review, Jun. 16, 2000

Big Momma's House

It takes Big Momma's House all of seven minutes to slide the first fart joke in. Of course, that's exactly why one goes to see...

Film Review, Jun. 9, 2000

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