Jim Tudor

Review: What Lola Wants, Lola Does Not Get in LOLA VERSUS

Take everything that's clichéd, dull and wrong-headed about American independent film, over boil it in a pot of tepid tap water, and you've got a pretty good bead on Lola Versus. But this food/film analogy wouldn't be complete without one... More »
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Review: THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Drags Down Cinematic Property Values

Short on scares but big on contrivance, the many problems with the PG-13 horror movie The House at the End of the Street start with the title. The mysterious house that everyone in town is wigged out about is actually... More »
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Review: THE WORDS Is At A Loss

Films that dare to explore the nuanced art of writing - indeed, the mind of The Writer - are dicey endeavors, always. They become all the dicier when writer's block becomes a factor. In this case, it's not any... More »
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Review: DARK HORSE Gallops to Difficult Finish Line

Once again, toy collecting is the extension of social hopelessness in Todd Solondz latest film, DARK HORSE. But unlike, say, Steve Carell in THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, it's not an element intended to cause us to laugh at our... More »
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Review: TOTAL RECALL Recalls Totally

It took being foisted into a chair and fed particular stimuli to remember it, but my previous life came screaming back to me, crystal clear. I was a late-blooming sixteen year old, eyeball deep in a dating relationship that... More »
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TTTT: BFI Drops KANE in Bout of VERTIGO (Or: The New Greatest Films of All Time)

For film buffs, the biggest news out of London has nothing to do with the current Olympic Games, but rather the results of the latest poll by Sight & Sound magazine, the long running official publication of the British Film... More »
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Review: PINK RIBBONS, INC. - Un-understandable Scourge Goes Corporate!

The new incendiary documentary PINK RIBBONS, INC. puts itself out there as a vital exposé of the ubiquitous "breast cancer culture" that has emerged in the past decade or so. In the name of dealing with a horrific, disfiguring and... More »
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Review: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Prowls to the People

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD comes at you as something truly wild - wondrously fuzzy, but also matted and mangy. And not without teeth. It is a rough-hewn, jagged-edged full-on immersion into a culture and place so very "other"... More »
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TTTT Turns On the Magic through NATURAL SELECTION

Welcome to the summer heatwave. Here in mid-America, it's about 1000 degrees outside - and depending on one's cultural intake, it could be that hot indoors, as well. And that's just for the ladies: In bookstores, "50 Shades of... More »
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Review: A CAT IN PARIS (Une vie de chat) is Darkly Drawn Fun

With it's squiggly-line look and halfway rough aesthetic, this film may initially strike certain viewers as something that the cat dragged in, but it doesn't take a French art professor to see that the animated A CAT IN PARIS... More »
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Review: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER - Bloody But Toothless

Four Score and one hundred and seventy million dollars ago, our studio moguls brought forth on this pop culture a new movie, conceived in literature, and dedicated to the preposterousness that Abe Lincoln be re-created to kill. Kill vampires,... More »
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Review: ROCK OF AGES - We're Not Gonna Take It! (And Here's Why)

For those attuned to letting the narrow filter of mainstream rock radio define their nostalgia, ROCK OF AGES ought to serve as a headbanging blast from the past. Repurposing a flurry of hair-metal "classics" of twenty-plus years ago, ROCK... More »
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Review: SURVIVING PROGRESS Questions Everything

The fascinating, fresh-minded new documentary SURVIVING PROGRESS bursts beyond the rickety gate of several hundred year-old science and collected human logic, asking "Why?" It questions and challenges vital and essential notions, very much including but not limited to the thought... More »
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TTTT: SNOW WHITE in the MOONRISE KINGDOM

Welcome to Twitch, or as it's now known, Prometheusville. Yes, here at everyone's favorite home for news and reviews of strange films from around the globe, we've all gone positively Giger gaga, chestbursting with excitement to commemorate the release of... More »
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Review: PROMETHEUS, the Maddening Beauty

PROMETHEUS is one of the most maddeningly exhilarating moviegoing experiences in years. Exquisitely, beautifully shot in amazing 3D, this could be the Ridley Scott film of the last decade, fulfilling the promise of "Ridley Scott, World's Greatest Shooter". Too bad... More »
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Review: MONSIEUR LAZHAR Teaches Gently and Bluntly

An unlikely thematic companion piece to Wes Anderson's idiosyncratically wonderful MOONRISE KINGDOM, Canada's French language MONSIEUR LAZHAR explores the cause and effects of the adult world's over-institutionalizing of children's lives. LAZHAR may be far more grounded and sobering than... More »
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Review: SOUND OF MY VOICE More a Sigh Than a Shout

Is she or isn't she? A time traveler, I mean. It's modern day L.A., and Maggie (Brit Marling, of ANOTHER EARTH) is living the dream. She's got her own place, needs no job, doesn't have to wear anything all day... More »
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TTTT: BATTLESHIP Meets BERNIE!

Welcome to my second-ever illustrious column, "Tudor's Twitchin' Travel Tours". I'll admit it up front: As satisfied as I was with my debut entry last week, I don't think it exactly set the world on fire in terms of must-read... More »
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Review: DARLING COMPANION - Doggonit, Kasdan...!

Double bad news for Kevin Kline: He didn't just lose a dog - he's in one!  (Zing!) All geeks will forever owe Lawrence Kasdan a debt of gratitude for his Lucasfilm screenwriting legacy alone (EMPIRE, JEDI, RAIDERS). That's aside... More »
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Review: THE DICTATOR Not Altogether Great, But Still Retains Power

Here we have a fish-out-water story which transports the protagonists from their far-away homeland, to New York City. The CG may not be the best, and it plays more than a bit blue. No, I'm not talking about THE SMURFS,... More »
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