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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.

59 articles in 2001   •   page 1 of 2

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Animated Jimmy saves Retroville from the aliens.

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2001

The Majestic

The “Majestic” may be the name of the old movie house Jim Carry restores in this period piece, but you get the feeling it's also...

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2001

Fat Girl

Words like “feminist” and “provocative” are frequently bandied about when talking about French filmmaker Catherine Breillat, a writer and director who has built a career...

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2001

Better Than Sex

The title alone sets Better Than Sex up for a fall at the hands of metaphor-manic critics (“About as appealing as dry-humping a second-hand sofa!”...

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2001


Why not get happy? Why not celebrate love, and little twists of fate, and a sepia-in-Technicolor portrait of Paris? Amélie's heart is in the right place – squarely on its sleeve. And what better place for it?

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2001

E Is for Everything

Actor / director / novelist Ethan Hawke is Richard Linklater's No. 1 fan.

Screens Feature, Nov. 16, 2001

Wet Hot American Summer

Spoof of old summer-camp sexcapades is performed by a sprawling cast of comedic hams, largely culled from comedy troupe the State.

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2001

On the Line

Apparently looking to extend his 15 minutes, 'N Sync crooner Lance Bass stars in his feature-film debut as Kevin, a Windy City ad exec who...

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2001

Waking Life

This animated journey through one character's dreams is a stirring, motivational, and metaphysical head trip.

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2001


Best off to begin with a bias: I am not a fan of Catholic guilt. So it was with a distinct lack of enthusiasm that...

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2001

Corky Romano

SNL cast member Chris Kattan should have been in silent comedy. He has the Silly Putty face of those old slapstick stars, and a sing-song,...

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2001


When Jonathan (Cusack) meets Sara (Beckinsale), they're stuck in the Christmas crush at Bloomingdale's, both eyeing the last pair of cashmere black gloves. He's kinda...

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2001

Don't Say a Word

The last couple of years have been good to Michael Douglas, and, no, I'm not referring to his acquisition of a Mrs. Michael Douglas. His...

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2001

Adventures of Felix

Recently laid off from his dock worker job in Normandy, Felix (Bouajila) bids farewell to his lover and hits the road, with the plan of...

Film Review, Sep. 14, 2001


Just into the opening credits, as a forgettably peppy song plays on the soundtrack, the screen spells out a cringe-inducing caveat: “This story is inspired...

Film Review, Sep. 14, 2001


Contrary to what publicity wonks, with their one-line clippy pitches, would have you believe, Hardball is not a Bad News Bears for the urban set....

Film Review, Sep. 14, 2001

Vertical Ray of the Sun

If there is a heaven, I hope it looks like Vertical Ray of the Sun. Hands-down the most gorgeously put-together piece of celluloid in recent...

Film Review, Sep. 7, 2001

Rock Star

Coming of age during the Eighties, kids had two obvious paths as far as musical development went. If you were cool, you were into rap....

Film Review, Sep. 7, 2001


The practice of reimagining Shakespeare for film has produced some modern wonders that have added contemporary depth to the classic texts: Kurosawa's Ran, Richard Loneraine's...

Film Review, Aug. 31, 2001

O: The Movie

The practice of reimagining Shakespeare for film has produced some modern wonders that have added contemporary depth to the classic texts: Kurosawa's Ran, Richard Loneraine's...

Film Review, Aug. 31, 2001

The Deep End

To be a mother -- at least, a good one -- is to be a zealot, fanatically devoted to the cause of your children. You'd...

Film Review, Aug. 24, 2001

Bubble Boy

It's a shame if the controversy surrounding Bubble Boy distracts people from what a smart, subversive, and genuinely good-hearted film it is. Protest groups have...

Film Review, Aug. 24, 2001

Osmosis Jones

There are certain mysteries of the universe that I will never truly understand: the big bang theory, circuit breakers, the comeback of the mullet. Having...

Film Review, Aug. 10, 2001

A Love Divided

The “love divided” that the title so soppily refers to is the one between Sean and Sheila Cloney (Cunningham and Brady), a real-life married couple...

Film Review, Aug. 3, 2001

Le Placard (The Closet)

Trade in Dustin Hoffman's red spangly Tootsie dress for Daniel Auteuil's leather chaps and condom beanie-hat, and you've got the basic idea of this French...

Film Review, Jul. 27, 2001

Lost and Delirious

Prep school girls in knee socks … and nothing else! Lost and Delirious could have come off like a fetishist's fantasy or the stuff of...

Film Review, Jul. 20, 2001

Legally Blonde

Clueless and Dick gave the dumb-blonde tradition (think Sandra Dee) new life in the Nineties, showing some sharp social and political comedy gleaming out at...

Film Review, Jul. 13, 2001


As far as movies marketed at a youthful demographic go, crazy/beautiful is a surprisingly mature and delicately rendered entry into the teen sweepstakes. If only...

Film Review, Jun. 29, 2001


The Appalachian music that propels Songcatcher sounds sweet as honey, but the non-musical aspects of this independent film smell an awful lot like pork product....

Film Review, Jun. 29, 2001

The Anniversary Party

Critics tend to get a little suspicious whenever entertainers try to break out of their niche to try something new. “But what I really want...

Film Review, Jun. 22, 2001


Filmed by a French crew, but acted by mostly nonprofessional locals (and subtitled in English), Himalaya was the first-ever Nepalese entry for an Academy Award...

Film Review, Jun. 22, 2001


It's difficult to synopsize Swordfish, to whittle it down to a digestible nugget. The film (directed by Gone in 60 Seconds' Dominic Sena) is a...

Film Review, Jun. 13, 2001


It's baffling that the same comic mind that directed Meatballs, Ghostbusters, and Dave could have coughed up this underachieving and so very un-comic sci-fi spoof...

Film Review, Jun. 8, 2001

The King is Alive

Ultimately, I think, it comes down to aesthetics -- a necessarily vague and academic-sounding term, like “postmodern” or “organic.” Twenty-five-cent words that people like to...

Film Review, Jun. 1, 2001

The Claim

The Claim trafficks in a particular brand of pain: a huge, bone-crushing, mute melancholy, like when you open your mouth in a dream to scream...

Film Review, Jun. 1, 2001

With a Friend Like Harry ...

Tasty psychological thriller from France (by way of Hitchcock).

Film Review, May. 18, 2001

A Knight's Tale

This warped medieval yarn about a peasant who passes himself off as a knight glides by on a funny, friendly, goofy sort of goodness.

Film Review, May. 10, 2001

Town & Country

Though Town & Country's title refers to its characters' dual residences, it also calls to mind those smarmy style magazines that like to splash across...

Film Review, May. 4, 2001

Hit and Runway

The old writers' adage goes: Write what you know. While that advice might make for a more authentic writing experience, it also means there are...

Film Review, May. 4, 2001

Kingdom Come

For several reasons, it comes as no surprise that Kingdom Come is based on a play (1991's Dearly Departed by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie...

Film Review, Apr. 20, 2001

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