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: SERENA Finally Lumbers Into Theaters

Hallmark Hall of Fame called, they said to stop right now - they do not have the budget for these movie stars...! Lantern-lit wood cabins and literary based period melodrama do not guarantee a respectable film. The problems with Serena... More »
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Review: HOME, Awfully Sugary But Not Sweet

Home depicts nothing less than the most kid friendly alien invasion even committed to the screen. Back-burnering any trauma and horror of the human internment camps that it depicts (both off-world and in Australia), Home showcases an eye-poppingly wacky planetary occupation... More »
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Review: Branagh's CINDERELLA Has Grace But Lacks Charm

Kindness doesn't cost... Love doesn't cost... Such are the paraphrased pronouncements at a key point of Kenneth Branagh's tempered and well measured take on the oft-told tale of "Cinderella". Perhaps more to the point, grace doesn't cost. And if the many... More »
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Review: UNFINISHED BUSINESS, Tepid Fun, Fun, Fun On The Autobahn

I can't imagine that the world has been longing for yet another Vince Vaughn comedy, but apparently Hollywood considered the niche unfinished business. Unfinished Business, the title of this very forgettable if also not unpleasant corporate travel shenanigans movie, might also... More »
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The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his... More »
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Review: THE LAZARUS EFFECT Flatlines

If this review is nothing special, that's because it's in keeping with the film it's about. This being a resurrection horror flick, reviewers would ordinarily be bending over backwards looking for new ways to cleverly utilize back-from-the-dead wordplay, but in... More »
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Review: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Is #2 In More Ways Than One

It would be wrong to call Hot Tub Time Machine 2 an ugly, smug, hateful waste of cinema, because to do so would imply that it indeed exhibits at least a flair for the cinematic. Which, of course, is not... More »
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Review: Kevin Costner's BLACK OR WHITE Is Anything But

Dances with Wolves. Field of Dreams. JFK. And now, Black or White. That's how Kevin Costner, who not only stars in, but financed this highly approachable light drama about contemporary race relations, is pitching the film. In his varied and overall... More »
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Review: PADDINGTON Bears Watching

Going into Paddington, I fully expected a film with the cinematic nutritional value of a marmalade sandwich. Saddled with the most cringe inducing trailer of last year, and the fact that its U.S. release got bumped into the dread month... More »
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Review: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Slow-Burns With Quality

Lurking modestly in the fringes of film awards season, we have this: an accomplished, dignified, slow-burn of a film. A Most Violent Year is a crime film, a crumbling family drama, an unexpected character study, and an art house pot-boiler.... More »
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An American Film Geek's Top & Bottom 10 for 2014

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Review: UNBROKEN Takes The Human Spirit To War, Prison

With Unbroken, Angelina Jolie has once again thwarted many expectations of her own career. She's stepped behind the camera to direct what is not just the most un-ironic "triumph of the human spirit" God/country/apple pie film in a long time,... More »
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Review: INTO THE WOODS Ventures Into A Musically Dark Thicket

"Beware the tale you tell Children will listen"  Just what is Disney up to with Into the Woods? Widely cited as "nobody's favorite Sondheim", this Tim Burton-esque adaptation of the 1987 Broadway stage musical is sing-songy, yes, but it's also intensely... More »
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Review: BIG EYES Goes Bleary In Spite Of Itself

You think you know a guy... For the whole of his directorial career, former animator Tim Burton has drawn an image of himself as Hollywood's foremost misunderstood weirdo. In a supposedly creative business and culture dominated by more-of-the-same, he was... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: THE HOMESMAN Takes Tommy Lee Jones Out To Pasture

Hollywood's most high-falutin' varmint must be Tommy Lee Jones. As difficult and humorless as he's perceived to be (and sometimes said to actually be), he's gone and built a career on imbuing a certain curmudgeonly ease into whatever films he... More »
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Review: THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Rules The Animated Comedy Roost

I don't know whether to call this a TV spin-off or a bigger franchise's "side project." Whatever it is, The Penguins of Madagascar is something fresh to me. I went in, kids in tow, knowing nothing. I haven't laughed this hard... More »
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Team Twitch: On INTERSTELLAR

(All In Good Time, or: just how stellar was Interstellar?) By now Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has been orbiting most of the world in wide release for a week, and it sure has left its mark. It's raking in money, although... More »
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St. Louis 2014 Review: THE MAKINGS OF YOU Makes A Noteworthy Debut

Whenever Hollywood comes to St. Louis, Missouri (my hometown) the filmmakers are inevitably bowled over by the architecture, the vibe, and the sheer possibilities the city has to offer in terms of diverse filming locations. In the past few decades,... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Werner Herzog

After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
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