Jim Tudor
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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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Review: Herzog, Snowmobiles and Dogs Make for HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN TAIGA

A snowmobile struggles over one frozen bump then another, his trusty dog keeping pace alongside without a problem. For as far as the eye can see, the terrain is snowcapped, wild, yet tranquil. The scraggly driver is a Russian trapper... More »
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Oscar Rundown, Part III: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AMOUR, and LIFE OF PI

In this final stretch of examining the nine Academy Award nominees for Best Picture (don't miss parts one and two), the focus switches from the large, patriotically minded spectacles to more personal endeavors. Typically, such efforts tend to be... More »
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Oscar Rundown, Part II: ARGO, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, and LES MISERABLES

Previously in this column, I took a comparing/contrasting look at three of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and Lincoln. Now it's time to continue the process of asking whether or not the nine Best... More »
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Oscar Rundown: ZERO DARK THIRTY, DJANGO UNCHAINED, LINCOLN

Most any seasoned film fan has at one time or another come to experience the annual Oscar race in varying parts exciting, perilous, exhausting, fun, and dismissible. If you're at all like me, your attention to this annual ritual (and... More »
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Super Bowl Commercials Go Hollywood

I'm glad everyone had a good time, really I am. Another Super Bowl has come and gone. Baltimore is happy, San Francisco is hurting, the Superdome is recovering, and we're all a bit fatter. The Super Bowl is the most... More »
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TTTT: An American Film Geek's Bottom 10 for 2012

Many a film critic, including at times even the most positive and altruistic of us, take a certain mean delight in unleashing our master lists of the year's biggest stinkers. The temptation to avenge what may be an assault on... More »
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TTTT: An American Film Geek's Top 10 for 2012

Amid fiscal cliffs and digital revolutions, we are all adrift on a sea of change. Never mind that your boat-mate may be a hungry Bengal tiger, sometimes it's hard enough just to keep your head above water.To date, I've viewed... More »
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Review: NOT FADE AWAY Fails to Start Me Up

For fans of the now-legendary HBO series The Sopranos, the Chase is on again. Chase as in David Chase, that program's uber-respected creator and detail-crazed driving force. Now, he's taken that amassed industry cred, and cashed it in to make... More »
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Fantasy, More Real Than Real: THE HOBBIT, HFR And The Future Of Movies

Earlier this year, I found myself at a friend of a friend's apartment watching Tod Browning's 1932 masterpiece Freaks through the "motion smoothing" filter on his HD TV.  For me, the resulting video-like image of what should be the opposite... More »
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Review: DUST UP Kicks Up B-Movie Craziness and Laughs

With unhinged moxie and violent humor to spare, the low budget lark Dust Up is a surprise blast. For a movie so boyishly bent on Ozsploitation-esque no-man's land mutilation and death, the film undeniably sparks with life and the sheer... More »
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Opening: Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN Impresses With Restraint and Slow-Burn Intensity

Steven Spielberg's latest historical epic, Lincoln, opens in the U.S. and Canada in limited release on Friday, November 9, then expands wide next week (November 16). The film is shimmering, obvious Oscar-bait, yes, but also well-earning of any such future... More »
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