Jim Tudor

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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Review: THE NUT JOB Fails To Crack Up Viewers

After a prolonged season of amused-with-themselves animated studio films that are over-complicated for their little tyke target audiences (time traveling presidentally pardoned turkeys and fuel-injected race car snails), the premise of a cadre of hungry squirrels plotting to knock over... More »
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TTTT: An American Film Geek's Top & Bottom 10 for 2013

It all comes down to relationships. And 2013 yielded its fine share of memorable on-screen relationships: A man and his computer. A slave and his masters. A young girl and her repressive country. A child and her caretakers. A young... More »
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Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Film

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Director

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Actor

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Moment In The World Of Film

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's List Of Shame - December

And here we are, at the end of our year-long exploration into the shadowy reaches of classic cinema where we have dared not venture before now. Each of us now experienced up to a dozen highly praised works for the... More »
  

Review: Stiller Waters Fail to Run Deep In THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Imagine a would-be studio blockbuster that sets out to be all things to all audiences, a soaring positive journey of a film that manages to include a bit of social observation; an entertaining winner on all fronts. This is the film... More »
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Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Not Exactly a Family Destination

If you like attending your own dysfunctional extended family gatherings, you'll just love paying to attend someone else's! That must be the prevailing assumption behind the decision to release this film this time of year. Having been through multiple mandated... More »
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