With over ten years of experience writing and publishing for professional media outlets, nine of those spent focusing on movies and television, Jonathan R. Lack has emerged as a strong new voice in the field of film criticism. He writes movie, TV, and music reviews, along with special feature, retrospective, and industry news articles, for the website Fade to Lack (previously Jonathan Lack at the Movies), named after the blog and weekly print column he hosted for The Denver Post’s ‘YourHub’ section from 2007 to 2011, and which still appears in that publication on occasion.


Thursday print edition of 'YourHub,' featuring
Lack's "Top Ten Films of 2011"
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In 2002, at the age of nine, Jonathan Lack began writing for The Denver Post’s ‘Colorado Kids’ section, a Tuesday print inset and website written by youth reporters aimed at a young audience.  Lack took over the section’s movie review responsibilities in 2004, and left the ‘Colorado Kids’ in 2007 to write for the Post’s new community journalism initiative, ‘YourHub.’ There, his focus expanded to include weekly television reviews and other entertainment articles. In that first year, his writing was selected for “Brendan’s List,” the ‘YourHub’ chief editor’s compilation of the best blogs in the state of Colorado. By 2010, his work appeared every week in the Post’s Thursday print edition, amassing a steady reader base in the process. 

Lack left ‘YourHub’ in July of 2011 to start his own website, Jonathan Lack at the Movies, an entertainment blog devoted to reviewing film, TV, music, and more. Though he no longer writes for ‘YourHub,’ selections from the website continue to appear in the print edition on a weekly basis, in the Fade to Lack column.


Lack has spoken at multiple writing workshops for youth journalists, recorded several Colorado Kids radio broadcasts for transmission on Radio Disney, hosts a monthly podcast available in the iTunes store, and has conducted interviews with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, “Madagascar” director Tom McGrath, numerous actors such as Jerry Seinfeld and Josh Lucas, Discovery Channel personnel, and the curator of the local Arvada Center art museum. In addition to The Denver Post, he has been published in the Rocky Mountain News (via ‘YourHub’) and Golden Transcript. In early 2013, Lack published his first book, Fade to Lack: A Critic's Journey Through the World of Modern Film. It is available in Paperback and on Kindle from Amazon.Com, and you can learn more at the book's official website.


Jonathan Lack can be reached via e-mail at dinochow@jonathanlack.com, or on Twitter @JonathanLack.

Photo by Emily Sandoval