I'm the film editor for the Reader, where my writing on the arts has appeared regularly since 1996, and the author of The Lives of Robert Ryan, (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), a biography of the film noir legend and Chicago native. I'm also a member of the National Society of Film Critics, a five-time honoree in the awards of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and, according to the website Vocativ, the most reliable movie critic in America. When I think about all the stuff I've published in the Reader, my head hurts, but a few pieces stand out: "Friends of Bill," about my visit with William S. Burroughs; "Out of the Wreckage," a personal reminiscence of novelist Richard Yates; "Ska's Lost Cause," about the racial history of Chicago ska; "The Pope Who Found Jesus," about the spiritual awakening of punk-pop musician Josh Caterer; and "Prove It All Night," a chronicle of the now-shuttered Lakeview Lounge that was anthologized in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000.
For their directorial debut, I Love You Phillip Morris, the writers of Bad Santa turn the tale of a brilliant con man into a series of gay gags.
by J.R. Jones | Dec 9, 2010
by J.R. Jones | Mar 7, 2008
Stolen Seas dives deep into the economic waters of modern Somali pirates.
by J.R. Jones | Feb 6, 2013
Her new memoir, Girl to City, crackles with the kind of sharp insights and perfectly chosen details her fans already love.
by J.R. Jones | Oct 18, 2019
by J.R. Jones | Dec 11, 2018
Two of the year’s best movies come rocketing out of Oakland, California.
by J.R. Jones | Jul 19, 2018
Ben Foster stars as a traumatized war vet living off the grid with his 13-year-old daughter.
by J.R. Jones | Jul 11, 2018
This true story of brothers separated at birth in the name of science hits like a thunderbolt
by J.R. Jones | Jul 5, 2018
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