Jim Tudor

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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TTTT: Greetings from the Road/What to Expect...

(Welcome to my premiere Twitch column, where personal reflection and observation collide with film and fun. I hope you enjoy it...) Seems like we spent a lot of time in the car. As a kid, we rarely flew anywhere. When... More »
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Review: THE AVENGERS Assemble in Super-Community

"This is how it's done - The best big budget event movie since STAR TREK." "Aloneness is universal... If you don't have that to start with, then you don't find what is truly rich in community." "When movies are... More »
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Review: THE FAIRY (La fée) Grants Movie-going Wishes

Tired of so many look-alike movies, each one cobbled together from imitation parts of the same unworthy blueprint? Want something unique, something marvelously different? Your wish is granted - here lands THE FAIRY! Beautifully off-kilter, romantic yet weird, zany... More »
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Review: ELLES - Fifty Shades of Binoche?

Jean-Luc Godard made VIVRE SA VIE in 1962, at the relative beginning of his feature film career as a French New Wave icon and cinema provocateur. It stars his then-wife, the beautiful Anna Karina, as a Paris hooker who... More »
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Review: THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Stalls At The Altar

François Truffaut echoed Jean Renoir when he explained the virtues of filming reality, stating that there is nothing more magical to him than reality. Interesting sentiment, especially coming from Truffaut, but he obviously wasn't made to sit through THE... More »
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Review: MARLEY Doc Gets Up, Stands Up

If Bob Marley had only written "Three Little Birds" and "Redemption Song", in my book, he'd still be a worthy subject of a two-and-half hour documentary. I'm no reggae connoisseur, owning no Bob Marley albums, (I do own "The... More »
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Review: THE DEEP BLUE SEA Submerges With Rich Darkness

To paraphrase a thought put forth by film critic Richard Schickel and recently utilized by Neal Gabler, Hollywood knows how to make only two types of movies - Oscar movies, and movies for teenagers. Generally speaking, that's true. Thankfully,... More »
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Review: THE THREE STOOGES pointlessly nyuks it up okay

There's no getting around it - in the long and questionable history of unnecessary movies, this one has to rank near the top of that list. The thought of three new actors dressed up in iconic Moe, Larry & Curly... More »
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Review: Tudor dreams of JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (but not sushi)

I've never tasted sushi; I've been waiting for the movie. Finally, it's arrived! Filmmaker David Gelb's JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is one of the best food documentaries I've ever seen. (And yes, I've seen a few of them.) Process, tradition... More »
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Review: FOOTNOTE achieves moving feats of note

What is it to love your enemy? That's not a question I hear very often at the movies. That's a question I hear at church. It's been said that the two, movie going and church going, aren't as different as... More »
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Review: AMERICAN REUNION looks back with comedic humiliation

"What's the deal with kids today?" An age-old question that one doesn't need to be ages old to ponder. It comes up among the thirty-something AMERICAN PIE veterans as they find themselves crashing a debauched teen beach party. (Leave... More »
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Review: CHICO & RITA looks back with dreamlike splendor

Nostalgia can be a bewitching bedfellow, particularly when it comes to the ways of love. As CHICO & RITA, the surprise nominee for Best Animated Feature at the recent Academy Awards, is finally reaching the screen here in St. Louis,... More »
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Review: Witness the WRATH OF THE TITANS, You May Be Surprised

As the sequel to a remake of an original with no sequel, WRATH OF THE TITANS stands as both a cauldron of possibilities and perhaps the quintessential follow-up film that no one asked for. Yes, the dark and self-serious 2010... More »
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THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD Review

Honoring one's father can be an intensely frustrating thing, particularly when his actions have posed a true danger for his family. So goes the tragic inter-relational deterioration as depicted in writer/director Joshua Marston's (MARIA FULL OF GRACE) second feature,... More »
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THE HUNGER GAMES Review

Hitting the scene as perhaps the world's current and foremost-presold film franchise, "The Hunger Games" has zero aspirations about succeeding as a stand-alone work. We're clearly looking at Film One of a Multi-Part Saga, and it has the non-resolution... More »
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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Review

Never let it be said that "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" doesn't deliver what it promises. There's plenty of salmon fishing, and sure enough, it happens in the arid, rocky Yemen region. The film tells the tale of how... More »
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ADDICTION INCORPORATED Review

You know what they say: Those things'll kill ya. I'm actually not referring to cigarettes, although their own dangerously addictive qualities are the topic of this talky film. No, I'm referring to the semi-recent rash of activism documentaries. Over-indulge... More »
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