Jim Tudor

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Ingmar Bergman

As most of the world suffers through the sweltering heat of summer, we head to the bleak and wintry climes of Sweden for this month's Full Disclosure. Each month, we focus on a different filmmaking force of world cinema and... More »
  

Review: MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, Woody Allen Still Believes

Woody Allen may not believe in God, but he does believe in magic. This much has been clear for years, at least since "Oedipus Wrecks," his entry in the 1991 anthology film New York Stories, in which a hapless magician's mother... More »
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Review: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Rescues Spin-Off Franchise

Having not seen last summer's Disney's Planes ("From the world of Pixar's Cars!"), I went into its fast-tracked, pre-ordained, computer animated sequel with two questions: 1. What happened in the first movie? And 2., How can that possibly matter? After seeing... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Tony Scott

Every month on Full Disclosure, we select a filmmaker who is or would be celebrating their birthday, and use that as an excellent excuse to throw the spotlight on them and their career. Members of Team Twitch seek out a... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Orson Welles

For the month of May, Twitch commemorates what would have been the great Orson Welles' 99th birthday by putting his career under the spotlight. In Full Disclosure, we take the filmography of a revered filmmaker each month and then select... More »
  

Review: LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN Is A Trip Worth Taking

In a period of perpetual celebration of the 75th anniversary of MGM's The Wizard of Oz -- including a glossy theatrical re-release, Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, and a tribute at the Academy Awards -- an independently produced animated sequel... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Claire Denis

In 2014, Full Disclosure is turning its focus on the filmography of a different celebrated filmmaker each month, and challenging our writers to seek out something new to watch and consider from their sizeable oeuvres. This month welcomes the first... More »
  

Review: HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Is Filmgoing Hell

Eternal paradise is all well and good, but the notion of spending the afterlife floating on clouds while wearing white gowns, halos and playing the harp doesn't thrill people like it used to. Even organized Christianity, a wide swath of... More »
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Review: Blame It On RIO 2

If kids entertainment in the 90's taught us anything, it's that recycling is an essential aspect of environmentalism. So I suppose we should be applauding Blue Sky Studios in their success at recycling so impressively many of that era's tropes... More »
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Review: DIVERGENT Is Not So Special

"I like training sequences to run no longer than the length of the song 'Eye of the Tiger.' This one runs ninety minutes." That was my friend's reaction to the bloated, flat, and spark-less Divergent, in which an unlikely... More »
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Review: BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY Triggers Gag Reflex

For such an obviously small and grass-rootsy kinda dark comedy, Better Living Through Chemistry has a surprising lot going for it. Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan. That's a lot of solid talent rounding out the three leading parts, all... More »
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Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars

Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And... More »
  

Review: SON OF GOD Preaches To The Choir

The Bible tells us, "In the beginning was the Word." (John 1:1) "The Word," in this case, is understood to be Jesus Christ himself, who became "The Word made flesh" (John 1:14) for his time on Earth. If that's the... More »
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Review: POMPEII Erupts With Volcanic Mediocrity

In Pompeii, the ancient Roman city of the title (circa 79 A.D.) is about to be destroyed all over again; this time for fun and profit! The second half of director Paul W.S. Anderson's (known for all those Resident Evil movies)... More »
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Review: ENDLESS LOVE Is Somewhat A Sure Thing

The new teen melodrama Endless Love commits a myriad of sins. And I'm not just referring to the hot and bothered young couple on the poster. It's been said that there's nothing new under the sun, and this sufficiently bronzed film... More »
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Twitch's Favorite Robotic Cops (Resurrection Optional)

The metallic clank of his feet. The whirling drill sound of his arms and torso twisting into motion. The stentorian command of his voice. Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop set a high standard for robotic law-enforcement officers back in 1987, a standard... More »
  

Review: THE MONUMENTS MEN, Wartime Patriotism Done Right (Or Left)

"That belongs in a museum!!" "So do you!" That, of course, is an early stretch of dialogue from 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In it, Dr. Jones is battling a posh and jerky villain who's apparently pretty quick with... More »
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Review: In LABOR DAY, Real Men Bake Pies

Kate Winslet is a Real Woman. And Josh Brolin is a Real Man. And yet, they cannot be together.  That's the tragedy of the new drama, Labor Day (based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, who also wrote the source... More »
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Twitch's Favorite Frankensteins -- And The Monsters They Created

The imminent theatrical release in North America of I, Frankenstein on Friday, January 24, gives us an excuse to express our collective love for the mad scientist known as Frankenstein -- and the monsters he created. As the title of... More »
  

Review: RIDE ALONG Doesn't Go Anywhere

When it comes to Ride Along, the new, unremarkable comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, it's a better use of everyone's time and focus to skip any detailed breakdown of the film's failings, and simply state that the laughs... More »
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