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 anticlerica...

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

  • Old School fans, remove your earmuffs: This messy, raunchy farce about three groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) on a lost-weekend bender in Sin City is just as uneven but almost as funny, continuing director Todd...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    What Fletch was to plaid-checked water-cooler wits in the ’80s, what National Lampoon’s Van Wilder was to college-bound douches at the dawn of Dubya, that’s what 2003’s Old School is to Gen-X frat rats — a secret-hand...

  • 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...

  • In theory, 3-D filmmaking should amplify the effect Roland Barthes foresaw in Cinemascope�that of the viewer becoming a �little god,� free to float about at will in the frame�s capacious space. In practice, it�s...

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