Jim Ridley

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  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    Finally, there's a vampire movie worthy of the title The Hunger — even if it arrives under the more potable name Thirst. Carnal appetite, not a parched palate, is the accelerant that fuels this perverse, prankish and merrily anti-clerical ex...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    Want to know how a city works? Start by watching 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a primer in which subway hijackers test how long it'll take a million bucks to pass through Gotham's plumbing. Turns out an hour is just enough time to rou...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    What Fletch was to plaid-clad watercooler wits in the '80s, what National Lampoon's Van Wilder was to college-bound douches at the dawn of Dubya, 2003's Old School was to Gen-X frat rats: a secret-handshake movie. A shaggy, intermittently hilariou...

  • As resistant to new ideas as crabgrass is to Weed-B-Gon, the Friday the 13th movies have weathered 3-D, sci-fi, CGI, multiple revivals and finales, and even a battle-of-the-mothballed-bogeymen grudge match against Freddy Krueger, without...

  • 8 years ago | Film and TV

    Michael Jacobs, a filmmaker based in San Francisco, is the director of a movie called Audience of One. It's a documentary about a Pentecostal minister who says he's gotten the divine green light to make a mega-budget, religious science-fiction epi...

  • 8 years ago | Film and TV

    Is it a sign of the Apocalypse? Something in the water? Or just the way the wind is blowing? Whatever the case, when our often-contentious quintet of film critics put their heads together about the best movies of 2008, they managed to agree (more ...

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