Jim Tudor

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Documentary

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 tribute... More »
  

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Supporting Performance

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 tribute... More »
  

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Blu-ray Release

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 tribute... More »
  

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Screenplay

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 tribute... More »
  

Review: SAVING MR. BANKS Banks on "Mary Poppins" Goodwill

When observing the familiar corporate synergy just under the surface of Saving Mr. Banks, one might be inclined to judge it as something quite atrocious. But, while that is indubitably not the proper verdict, this "true history" of Walt Disney's late-in-life... More »
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Review: OUT OF THE FURNACE And Into The Fire

"When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose..."   A reference to that famous line from "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan might seemingly be more at home in a review of Inside Llewyn Davis, the early... More »
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Review: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL Is No ED WOOD

Although it's been called a "pitch perfect tribute" to the titular real life Mexican B-movie maker, the fevered and free wheeling biopic The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (original title: El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol) leaves one with little... More »
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Review: FREE BIRDS Hits Plymouth Rock Bottom

In a rare occurrence, American narcissism trumps Hollywood's modern global cash-grab mentality, but still maintains all the lowest common denominator tropes of the latter with Free Birds - an obnoxious 3D animated children's misfire that's throwing its gizzard in... More »
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TTTT: RUSH and GRAVITY: Two Cinematic Forces To Be Reckoned With

(TTTT, or "Tudor's Twitchin' Travel Tours", is an occasional column that sets out to traverse the vast terrain of cinema, as experienced by yours truly, Jim Tudor, a filmmaker and guilded American film critic.  This time I'm comparing and contrasting... More »
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Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - September

September has been an incredibly busy month for the Twitch collective, with many of our writers travelling the Earth seeking out cinematic delights in as far-reaching corners as Venice, Toronto and Austin. As a result, this month's Full Disclosure is... More »
  

Review: THE SMURFS 2, The Last Temptation of Smurfette

The Smurfs 2 has all the standard obnoxious pop culture references and vaguely disguised maybe-dirty jokes we've come to expect from any self-respecting contemporary kids movie.This one is helped along by the word "smurf," which not just describes the race... More »
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Review: TURBO - Go, Go, Snail Racer!

Always pursue your dreams, no matter how stupid and weird they may be. That's the underlying message of Dreamworks' latest high-concept, celebrity-voiced animated offering, Turbo. It's the story of an outsider snail named Theo who, deep in his heart of... More »
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Review: STILL MINE, Playing Ball With Whipper-Snapper Bureaucrats

In the humble, old-person movie Still Mine, James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold play an aging couple (married for 61 years) who are, of course, irrevocably set in their ways but nonetheless continue to face life's challenges, particularly when it comes... More »
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TTTT: WORLD WAR Z As A Taut Thriller; THE BLING RING As The Right Movie At The Right Time

It's the end of the world as we know it, and Brad Pitt does not feel fine. He's separated from his idyllic family, mindless automatons are quickly devouring the known world, and he's sporting his worst haircut yet. But worse... More »
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Counterpoint Review: AFTER EARTH May Not Be So Apocalyptically Bad After All

In a previous world, M. Night Shyamalan used to be on magazine covers. He was "Hollywood's Hottest New Storyteller." Back in 2002, in anticipation of his next great film, Signs (an unconventionally family-intimate alien invasion yarn starring Mel Gibson), he... More »
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TTTT: Marvel's IRON MAN 3 Message to Comic Book Fans

One of the many old clichés in superhero comic books is a big blurb on the cover promising some massive Earth-shaking event, with the qualifier, "Because you demanded it!!!" "Because you demanded it! The ultimate showdown with Thanos!" Or,... More »
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Review: NO PLACE ON EARTH Goes Dark With History

The new documentary No Place on Earth attempts to take viewers back in time to the dark days of the second world war, when Nazis were pursuing Jews, peril was everywhere, and still no one had any real notion... More »
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TTTT: Cruise at Earth's End: Watch it Spin Round to a Beautiful Oblivion

Hey, it's another TTTT column, where I, Jim Tudor, take you along on one of Tudor's Twitchin' Travel Tours! For this one, we leave the planet via bubbleship, only to return to to find it an abandoned post-apocalyptic wreck. That's... More »
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Legendary Film Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum Talks The Future Of Filmgoing

Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has been one of the most essential, unmistakable voices on the cinema landscape for several decades. He's written for virtually all of the major film publications, including Sight & Sound, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly, as well... More »
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TTTT: On Eating New Orleans (and OZ)

Tudor's Twitchin' Travel Tours has always had a travel motif. If one were to go back and look at all my "TTTT" column banner graphics (and you know you want to!), the one consistent element would be that they... More »
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