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  52 Reviews by J. R. Jones

52 Reviews by
J. R. Jones of  Chicago Reader



Movie: The Brave One
Release date: 9/14/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        What might have been a serious drama about coming to terms with violence and loss turns into a cr...
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Movie: Talk to Me
Release date: 7/13/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        I was bummed out by the movie's trite VH1 cartoon of the black power era -- especially coming fro...
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Movie: I Think I Love My Wife
Release date: 3/16/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        [Rock's] crowd-pleasing gags tend to clash with Rohmer's sly moral comedy.
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Code Name: The Cleaner
Release date: 1/5/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        There's some pretty good improvised shtick from DeRay Davis as a wacky janitor. But these are sma...
63 other reviews of this movie

Movie: This Revolution
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:45 PM
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        The fusion of fiction and independent journalism adds to the complexity of a story that exposes t...
6 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Rocky Balboa
Release date: 12/20/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        As usual with Stallone's Rocky sequels, the schmaltz is unbearable, but the fight is plausibly ha...
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Movie: Driving Lessons
Release date: 10/13/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Writer-director Jeremy Brock has backloaded much of the hero's family conflict into the final sce...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Last Kiss, The
Release date: 9/15/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        ... Paul Haggis has turned the Italian romantic comedy L'Ultimo Bacio (2001) into something smart...
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Movie: Crossover
Release date: 9/1/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        A real air ball, so poorly scripted that most of the major plot developments occur offscreen.
62 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Strangers With Candy
Release date: 6/28/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Smirky, gum-in-your-hair humor dominates this dreadful 2005 feature.
79 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Release date: 3/24/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Though some of his one-liners are pretty good, his shtick can't sustain this dutifully scripted c...
29 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stay Alive
Release date: 3/24/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        There's a gothic backstory to all this, which makes no sense but looks pretty cool.
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Movie: Date Movie
Release date: 2/17/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        [Mocks] movies that were much funnier than this one.
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Movie: Funny Ha Ha
Release date: 4/29/2005
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Like his heroes Mike Leigh and John Cassavetes, Bujalski has a knack for the genuine moment: usin...
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Alone in the Dark
Release date: 1/28/2005
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff, the reigning princes of Hollywood schlock, join forces in thi...
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Movie: Lana's Rain
Release date: 12/31/2004 11:01:37 PM
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        The movie hinges on Orlenko, a Ukrainian model-actress making her American feature debut, and she...
8 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Johnson Family Vacation
Release date: 4/7/2004
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        This is a real mess, with out-of-focus shots and continuity lapses that suggest a production in c...
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Movie: My Baby's Daddy
Release date: 1/9/2004
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Director Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, Stranger Inside) has been fighting the good fight fo...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: House of the Dead, The
Release date: 10/10/2003
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Don't come looking for a story -- this is a hunt.
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Movie: Order, The
Release date: 9/5/2003
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Devout Catholics will be appalled; everyone else will be asleep.
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Movie: Boat Trip
Release date: 3/21/2003
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Cuba Gooding Jr. is the kind of guy who does ten minutes of shtick every time the little light in...
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Movie: Uzumaki
Release date: 12/31/2002 11:01:46 PM
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Adapted from a horror comic by Junji Ito, this debut feature from Japanese music-video director H...
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Movie: Adventures of Pluto Nash, The
Release date: 8/16/2002
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Another zillion-dollar dud.
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Movie: Shaft
Release date: 1/1/1971
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popul...
9 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Girl Who Knew Too Much, The
Release date: 12/31/1968 11:01:32 PM
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (7/0)
        Bava, who'd once shot films for Roberto Rossellini and Raoul Walsh, used black and white for the ...
1 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Martian Child
Release date: 11/2/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/3) No reference
        Cusack carries this unabashed tearjerker.
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Movie: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Release date: 10/12/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/3) No reference
        Cate Blanchett returns to the role that made her a star, and though this sequel to Elizabeth (199...
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Movie: We Own the Night
Release date: 10/12/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        One of Hollywood's moldy oldies -- brothers on opposite sides of the law -- gets yet another spin...
77 other reviews of this movie

Movie: My Kid Could Paint That
Release date: 10/5/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/3) No reference
        The self-reflexive narrative is particularly fascinating because Marla's story is so critical to ...
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Movie: Ladron Que Roba a Ladron
Release date: 8/31/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (4/3) No reference
        Easygoing heist flick.
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Movie: Self-Medicated
Release date: 8/31/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (6/1) No reference
        The movie slides toward melodrama with some stale business about the hero spreading his late fath...
34 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Resurrecting the Champ
Release date: 8/24/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (6/1) No reference
        Treacle takes over in the last act, but most of this fact-based story by screenwriters Michael Bo...
92 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Cantante, El
Release date: 8/3/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (5/2) No reference
        Marc Anthony plays the smack-addicted singer, who has some dynamite numbers but not much to say f...
83 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Hot Rod
Release date: 8/3/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (6/1) No reference
        Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style w...
87 other reviews of this movie

Movie: No End in Sight
Release date: 7/27/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (6/1) No reference
        Ferguson is admirably tenacious in assigning blame for the boneheaded mistakes that have doomed I...
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Movie: My Best Friend
Release date: 7/13/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        The movie's reptilian setup doesn't do much to nurture a sense of mirth, and Auteuil is too likab...
55 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Golden Door
Release date: 5/25/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        The folkloric tone that seemed so pretentious in [Respiro] is powerfully effective here.
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Movie: Jindabyne
Release date: 4/27/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        Too many extraneous elements have been added but at the movie's center lies the knotty story of a...
71 other reviews of this movie

Movie: TV Set, The
Release date: 4/6/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (4/3) No reference
        Various news stories have noted the movie's accuracy, which I don't doubt, but the blanket antipa...
56 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Reaping, The
Release date: 4/5/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        An insult to intelligence and faith alike.
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Movie: After the Wedding
Release date: 3/30/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        As the premise might suggest, Jensen's dramatic structure is so visible this sometimes seems like...
84 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Ghost Rider
Release date: 2/16/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (4/3) No reference
        The story doesn't arc so much as unspool like a stretch of desert highway, but the Ghost Rider is...
103 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Stomp the Yard
Release date: 1/12/2007
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        The movie ends with a generic exhortative quote from Martin Luther King Jr., who probably wasn't ...
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Movie: Great Yokai War
Release date: 12/31/2006 11:01:32 PM
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        With its scenes of mass destruction in Tokyo and its climactic mushroom cloud, the movie owes a p...
12 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Black Christmas
Release date: 12/25/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        It also exchanges the police subplot that gave the earlier film its steady pace for a lot of poin...
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Movie: Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, The
Release date: 11/17/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (4/3) No reference
        As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visua...
31 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Candy
Release date: 11/17/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        Unfortunately too many elements of this Australian feature have been recycled from other addictio...
39 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Idiocracy
Release date: 9/1/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        The movie is bracing for its bile but ultimately more frustrating than funny.
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Movie: Invincible
Release date: 8/25/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        The genre shows serious signs of wear in this needlessly fictionalized feature about Vince Papale...
108 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Pulse
Release date: 8/11/2006
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        The remake begins with the same premise and appropriates the most striking visuals, grafting them...
58 other reviews of this movie

Movie: Wilderness Survival For Girls
Release date: 12/31/2004 11:01:48 PM
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (3/4) No reference
        This 2004 debut feature by husband-and-wife team Kim Roberts and Eli Despres is pretty involving,...
5 other reviews of this movie

Movie: King's Ransom
Release date: 4/22/2005
Review by J. R. Jones of Chicago Reader: (6/1) Not Reachable
        The script, by TV writer Wayne Conley, shares some elements with the old Danny DeVito comedy Ruth...
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