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.

Team TwitchFilm On: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

(Yay, we've gathered the troops, yet managed to avoid spoilers!) A week ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed with a planetary surface-shattering impact, and it was an event too big to ignore for us here at TwitchFilm. Hell, most... More »
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Review: THE HATEFUL EIGHT Takes Its Show On The Bloody Road

Quentin Tarantino is keeping count. Of his own filmography, that is. He has been for some time. On the poster for 2003's Kill Bill: Vol. 1, he prominently touted it as his 4th film. Seeing, however, that that 4th film was... More »
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Review: YOUTH... Without Youth

The older one gets, the less anything matters. So goes the observed mentality of the two main characters of Youth. Wealth is evident, opulence is everywhere, yet the souls of these people have only grown increasingly wanting. So wanting that that... More »
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Review: HEART OF A DOG Will Work Its Way Into Yours

Laurie Anderson isn't a filmmaker. But, you'd never know it. Sure, she's made a film or two over the years, but really, she hails from the fine art world, where she's enjoyed considerable success as a performer and musician. Now, Anderson... More »
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Review: CHI-RAQ Aims To Put Gun Violence To Bed

Spike Lee is making some noise, and he wants to make absolutely sure that you hear it. After a solid decade, or longer, of slowly sliding into a plane of cultural irrelevance that the outspoken filmmaker is simply not suited... More »
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Review: THE GOOD DINOSAUR Narrowly Dodges Critical Extinction

One can scarcely fault the latest Pixar film for merely being good and not great. After all, it's right there in the title. The Good Dinosaur is the celebrated animation studio's 16th feature length film, and, following this past summer's Inside... More »
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Review: CREED (AKA ROCKY VII) Goes The Distance

"Which do you think will do better, this or Rocky?" That was the box office question posed to me by a fellow critic immediately following the advance screening of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which will open the same day as Creed.... More »
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Team TwitchFilm On: SPECTRE

(Bond may be back, but so is the nefarious organization known as Team TwitchFilm!) Last week, Sam Mendes' second Bond film Spectre got its wide release in the United States, and loads of other places as well. By sheer... More »
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Review: LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS Documents Romance Novel Obsession

So there's this whole entire feature length documentary about the contemporary romance novel, and the women who read them. Make no mistake, they are legion, and they truly eat them up. (Just short of literally!) If the topic sounds unworthy, think... More »
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Blu-ray Review: KWAIDAN, Sensational, Surreal Colors Of An Ancient Japanese World

From the opening moments of 1965's ghostly anthology Kwaidan, the viewer experiences a dissonant display of color and atmosphere matched only by its precisely sparse experimental musical score (courtesy of Takemitsu Toru). Recounting four disparate yet separate classical ghost stories from... More »
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Review: EVAN'S CRIME, Small But Weighty

Shot in Baton Rogue on a small budget in a short amount of time, the somber new film Evan's Crime is a palpable passion project, the kind of movie that is pushed hard into existence by the sheer will of... More »
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Interview: Director Sandy Tung Discusses EVAN'S CRIME, David Arquette, And More

Filmmaker Sandy Tung has had a long and respectable career in independent filmmaking. Best known by many for his family films such as Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season, Alice Upside Down, and the award-winning Saving Shiloh, Sandy now changes pace, venturing... More »
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Review: SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE Earns The Crassness Merit Badge

There's a long history of teens setting out into the woods only to be confronted with cruel horrors beyond their control or understanding. In this case, three Boy Scouts (although the film is careful to not actually identify them as such,... More »
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Review: 99 HOMES, A Faustian Foreclosure Drama

Maybe doing the devil's business isn't so bad... That's the tempting logic at work in the mind of 99 Homes protagonist Dennis Nash, an upright blue collar man whose recent homelessness has left him desperate to get his family back on... More »
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Review: MISSISSIPPI GRIND Not A Bad Deal

According to an official description of the new drama Mississippi Grind, the film is intended to play as a textured human tale with grit, evoking everyone's favorite golden era of cinema, the 1970s. The description is not far off, as the... More »
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Review: MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS Leads to Zombies And War

The messages and metaphors of young adult fiction might be blunt enough to leave a mark as they hit you over the head, but the teen target audience doesn't seem to mind. Perhaps that's because the messages and metaphors, true... More »
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Review: AMERICAN ULTRA, Ultra Violent Yet Ultra Forgettable

We've seen a lot of Americans at the movies in the past decade or so. American Beauty, American Sniper, American Gangster, American Movie, American Hardcore, American Pie - the list goes on and on. It's been a veritable melting pot... More »
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Review: FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Made From Unstable Molecules

Sigh. I guess it's clobberin' time... Not to spoil anything, but at the end of 20th Century Fox's latest reboot of the Fantastic Four, we're left with a giant crater. In more ways than one. The pop culture desolation remaining in... More »
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Review: A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY, A Well-Built Kit

Piece by piece, A LEGO Brickumentary builds a cohesive look the history of the popular toy, and the current subcultures that have emerged around it. Technically the second "LEGO" movie in so many years, this documentary should not be mistaken for... More »
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Review: A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON Delivers More Rock, Les Blank

Although I watched the whole of A Poem is a Naked Person, I have no recollection of of that phrase being uttered. Which is unexpected, considering it's an oddly specific phrase. The keyword here is "unexpected". As a piece of... More »
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