J.R. Jones
J.R. Jones

J.R. Jones

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.

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Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in <i>Three Identical Strangers</i> Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers This true story of brothers separated at birth in the name of science hits like a thunderbolt July 05, 2018
<i>Blindspotting</i> and <i>Sorry to Bother You</i> expose the class tensions often obscured by race Blindspotting and Sorry to Bother You expose the class tensions often obscured by race Two of the year’s best movies come rocketing out of Oakland, California. July 19, 2018
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