Jim Ridley

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  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    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 exer...

  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    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...

  • 6 years ago | Film Reviews

    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-handshake movie. A shaggy, int...

  • 7 years ago | Longform

    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 ep...

  • 7 years ago | Longform

    Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Something in the water? Or is it 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 (...

  • 7 years ago | Film Reviews

    Even as the first girders were laid in the mid-1960s, something about the World Trade Center—that twin-pronged erection jutting from the loins of Western commerce—inspired fantasies of lustful conquest. As James Marsh's documentary Man...