Jim Tudor
Featured Critic; St. Louis, MO

Jim has been with Twitch since its first year. He's also reviewed films for ImagineDat and KTRS AM 550 in St. Louis. He has a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association since 2011. When he isn't busy writing about movies, he's most likely working to help make 'em. Jim has served in the Art Department of such motion pictures as GONE GIRL, THE INFORMANT!, and THE LUCKY ONES. He was Art Director on SAVING SHILOH, KINGSHIGHWAY, and MARSHALL THE MIRACLE DOG. Additionally, Jim has worked regularly as a freelance video editor since 1998. He also co-hosts the reoccurring comedy show on BlogTalkRadio, The Wonder Show. He is a life-long St. Louisian, living there with his wife and four children.

Review: A BIGGER SPLASH Makes A Brazen Dive

"...We got a little lost." Yes, I'll say you did. The former pronouncement comes as two of the four main characters of A Bigger Splash arrive hours late to dinner after an, ahem, exploratory dalliance amid the exotic nearby landscape.... More »
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Review: In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Greed Is God

The 1980s are back whether we like it or not. Like Zack Snyder's Watchmen before it, X-Men: Apocalypse adapts mainstream super hero comic book material from the eighties as taking place then. Like that film, it tries hard, but remains... More »
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Review: SING STREET Tunes Into 1980s Pop Music

“Any guy who says he started playing guitar for any other reason than meeting girls is lying.” That's not an exact quote, but it's the gist of what some rock star once said. I was thinking it was either John... More »
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Blu-ray Review: ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS Soars Via Criterion

In 1939, that powerhouse year in cinema history so often called its greatest, the indomitable Howard Hawks, made what may well be his most defining picture, Only Angels Have Wings. A nail-biting aviation actioner, Only Angels Have Wings soars on the... More »
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Review: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, Many Will Be Satisfied

Just as Van Halen is a culturally agreeable step down from Led Zeppelin, so too is their respective song “Everybody Wants Some!!” a step down from “Dazed and Confused”. So too then, perhaps appropriately, are the related pair of Richard... More »
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Review: FOUR COLOR EULOGY Geeks Out In St. Louis

Replete with angsty real-world male drama and front-to-end pop culture reference-filled dialogue, the modest Four Color Eulogy could be compatible to a Kevin Smith movie, minus that third hook of vulgarity. (Something that is to its credit.) We open on... More »
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Review: HAVANA MOTOR CLUB Tools Nicely Through Cuba

The rift between car culture and filmmaking isn't what we might think.   Considering both were invented and popularized at the same point in history, maybe this shouldn't be so surprising.  Although the rabid devotion that both inspire in their... More »
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Team TwitchFilm: On BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

(The gloves come off as our team becomes a league, FOR JUSTICE!) Sweeping the world faster than Superman, but tanking harder than the Batmobile on the review front, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently the topic of... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Tarantino's Latest Hits Home Video

After a fairly successful theatrical experiment over the holidays, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight lands on Blu-ray this week, but does the film hold up at home? Well, yes and no. As is the case with any new film from... More »
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Blu-ray Review: A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON Boasts More Rock, Les Blank - Via Criterion

The cinema of Les Blank is one of wonder, a childlike sense of openness and discovery.  It's a mischievous wonder, the kind of freedom not dissimilar to the five year old who insists on wearing a Halloween costume to church... More »
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Review: HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX Looks Back, On Tape

Or: How a Bunch of Dirty Hippies Stole Television, and Almost Got Away with it. In the late 1960s, TV news field reporting was still shot on film. This required all manner of kowtowing to the format's sensitivities: light tight... More »
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Review: ZOOTOPIA, An Arresting Buddy Comedy

Expectations in regard to Disney's latest animated feature, Zootopia, are likely rooted in two things:   1. The fact that it is a Disney animated feature about talking animals. 2. Hilariously effective trailer which tells a single, well-executed joke involving... More »
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Review: GODS OF EGYPT, Unworthy Of Praise

More video game than movie, the primary positive takeaway from the new digitally-driven mythology-based Gods of Egypt would have to be, as the uneducated gamers often refer to cinematic visual effects, “good graphics.” This is irritating sand in the eye... More »
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Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT Rides Onto Home Video (3/29) & Digital HD (3/15)

Quentin Tarantino's controversial western, The Hateful Eight, lands on Blu-ray& DVD March 29th and VOD on March 15th. According to The Weinstein Company, we'll be getting the shorter release version at about 168 minutes, rather than the longer road show... More »
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Review: WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Travels Long And Far

Michael Moore, that progressive shlub you could hang with, has done something smart.  His latest film, Where to Invade Next, opts to have fun.  Moore has always been known for his effective use of comedy in conjunction with his agenda-driven ventures.... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion's BITTER RICE Is A Savory Dish

Cinephiles and historians can (and do) debate about which postwar Italian movies were a "betrayal" of the intentionally cultivated neorealism movement. But more plainly, a case could be made that neorealism got tired of itself. Or, more readily, Italian neorealism... More »
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An American Film Geek's Top 10 For 2015

In a year that's seen fit to serve up some of the most anticipated, accomplished and unique cinema in recent years, it's a little odd that the most widely talked-about movies in 2015 hail from the past.  Back to... More »
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Review: CONCUSSION Strikes A Blow In Spite Of Itself

A more cynical filmgoer would likely say that there's a lot wrong with Concussion. And that opinion would not be incorrect. But that said, a longer look at it under the microscope might just reveal a thing or two.Sometimes an... More »
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TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: JOY, An Ode To It

It's been a year of joy at the cinema. The emotion has run the gamut of characters bearing the name to varying degrees of metaphor, from Pixar actualization in Inside Out to the walled-in repression of Brie Larson's character in... More »
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