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Jim Ridley

Jim Ridley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Birdman (2014) Birdman never falters as a love letter to actors, people who paradoxically remove their masks when they step onstage. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Feb 22, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) Son of Saul's achievement is to scrape away our benumbed awareness of the Final Solution in the abstract. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Feb 12, 2016
94% Carol (2015) Control isn't just the formal rigor that Carol exhibits from the very first scene: It's the stifling exactitude required of its two main characters, whose every public utterance and gesture must be delivered in code. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Dec 23, 2015
84% Victoria (2015) Without the stunt, there's not much of a movie. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Dec 11, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) After a week of shameful anti-immigrant rhetoric, Brooklyn is the big-hearted bear hug of a movie a lot of folks could use. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Dec 4, 2015
83% Runoff (2015) A hugely promising feature debut for writer-director-editor Kimberly Levin. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Jun 10, 2015
83% As It Is In Heaven (2014) The largely subdued movie could use a little obsessive visionary madness of its own, but Chris Nelson, the replacement guru, has an Opie-gone-Jonestown look that gets freakier as the movie progresses. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Jul 11, 2014
98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) If you need an introduction to silent cinema, F.W. Murnau's 1927 milestone remains a piercingly direct universal drama. ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Feb 25, 2014
72% Wanted (2008) Bekmambetov's movie evaporates pretty quickly after it's consumed.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 6, 2010
72% American Casino (2009) This authoritative, far-reaching documentary by veteran investigative journalists Leslie and Andrew Cockburn comes off as curiously bloodless. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 1, 2009
80% Canary (2009) Micro in budget, macro in ambition, accomplishment, and scope, Adams's slyly withholding film prompts multiple viewings -- and deserves them. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 4, 2009
81% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) Park's voluptuous style fits a genre that is all appetite -- or should be. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2009
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Scott's redo comes up short in almost every regard against the '74 model. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2009
79% The Hangover (2009) An unusually palatable entry in a rancid genre. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2009
56% New World Order (2009) Neither a call to alarm nor a laugh-at-the-loonies yukfest, the doc charts a temperate middle course through its subjects' heated rhetoric. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 19, 2009
34% Knowing (2009) [A] lugubrious thriller. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2009
93% Hearts & Minds (2009) Not only the definitive American documentary about the war in Vietnam but a landmark political action. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2009
6% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) Proving that there's no statute of limitations on lousy ideas, director Andrzej Bartkowiak's attempted franchise expansion returns to the Capcom motherlode that produced the worst movie in the entire Jean-Claude Van Damme filmography. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 5, 2009
25% Friday the 13th (2009) For one ticket price, you get three shoddy Friday the 13th movies packed into one, which might constitute entertainment value if any one of them constituted entertainment. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 12, 2009
73% Chocolate (2008) The world may not have needed a Thai-language martial-arts hybrid of Kill Bill and Rain Man, but by God, it's got one now. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2009
63% Marley & Me (2008) Marley & Me proves how lifeless Lady and the Tramp would have been if told from the p.o.v. of Jim Dear and Darling. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 23, 2008
86% Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) The doc's biggest revelation may be the extent of his stardom, even as he began to explore bawdy Jacques Brel chansons and psychedelic dada crooning. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2008
88% Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007) Even though Vigalondo's obvious direction lingers over every carefully arranged tile in the toppling-domino plot, there's still some sinister amusement in watching them stack and fall. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2008
37% Transporter 3 (2008) Here's all fans need to know: Yes, Statham strips to the waist multiple times; yes, two dozen hopelessly outnumbered kung fu goons take on our lone hero one by one; and yes, he manages to outpace his Audi by bicycling through a congested sweatshop. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2008
16% I Can't Think Straight (2008) Every image seems to have been Scotchgarded. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 20, 2008
33% Just Buried (2007) More twee than any movie about serial murder has a right to be. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 30, 2008
58% Quarantine (2008) Even those who despise remakes will have to admit that director John Erick Dowdle's furious retread is scary as hell. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2008
53% Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) (2007) [José Padilha] recariously pitches the squad's brute force as less a necessary evil than the outgrowth of an existing evil -- a no-win situation that mocks liberal ideals and warps conservative pragmatism into domestic terrorism. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2008
1% Disaster Movie (2008) Rushed into production with no better drape for its threadbare gags than Cloverfield, this carpet-fouling mongrel of a movie no more deserves release than do anthrax spores. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2008
56% Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) The widescreen framing and saturated color make this one of Miike's most visually impressive features. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2008
96% Trouble the Water (2008) The resilience of the movie's subjects -- survivors of street crime and drugs and HIV -- irradiates Trouble the Water like sunshine. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2008
67% One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story (2008) Miller neither defends or apologizes: His remarkably candid footage (extending all the way to Wagner's deathbed and beyond) and interviews leave the man's sincerity (and his collectors') as open to scrutiny as his art. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 13, 2008
100% Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007) The directors prefer to secure O'Day's due as, in the words of critic Will Friedwald, the only white jazz singer who belongs in the company of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 13, 2008
100% Man on Wire (2008) Part caper movie, part real-life superhero saga, and entirely engrossing. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 23, 2008
84% Mad Detective (2008) Even if you lose track of who's shooting whom and why during the abstract climactic face-off, the clever last shot shows you're not alone. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 16, 2008
84% Kabluey (2007) The Austin-shot movie catches the nation's mood of economic anxiety and workplace exploitation more pungently than anything else in theaters. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2008
89% The Exiles (1961) This 50-year-old film about a Los Angeles neighborhood on the skids and its barely tethered dwellers stands as the freshest movie in theaters. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2008
86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) While the evidence of his spotty post-1970s work is hard to refute, Gonzo proves what a vapid, overvalued commodity edginess is, championing Thompson's best work for brass-tacks insight more than brass-balled outrage. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 1, 2008
50% Mother of Tears: The Third Mother (2007) A once-great director's near-worst work passes through its funhouse plumbing and emerges from the crapper as intentional mischief: self-sabotage explained away as mad genius.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2008
83% Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2008) The movie reclaims metal's appeal to the powerless as well as its threat--when you can get shot for wearing a Slipknot T-shirt (talk about "Death, be not proud")... raising those devil horns isn't an empty act of aggression.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 21, 2008
78% A Jihad for Love (2008) The movie leaves open a provocative question: If you pick and choose which tenets of a religion apply to you, is it still a religion?‐ Village Voice
Posted May 21, 2008
47% Mister Lonely (2007) Movies tell the same stories over and over, but I know of only one that evokes mourned innocence in just a three-minute slow-motion shot of a Michael Jackson impersonator and a stuffed monkey aboard a clown bike.‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 8, 2008
55% Frontier(s) (2007) It's as relentless as it is hateful, hammily directed and derivative of the dreariest slop in contemporary American horror cinema.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2008
74% Son of Rambow (2007) Son of Rambow evokes the rush of discovery that turns budding cinephiles into lifers -- that delight in finding a film that seems to express or coalesce some inchoate yearning, including a yen to share.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2008
47% Mister Lonely (2007) Movies tell the same stories over and over, but I know of only one that evokes mourned innocence in just a three-minute shot of a clown bike.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2008
38% Savage Grace (2007) A lip-smacking episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Depraved, designed more for train-wreck gawkery than psychological illumination.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 23, 2008
87% Constantine's Sword (2007) [A] searching, intellectually lively documentary.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2008
27% Anamorph (2008) Director/co-writer H.S. Miller just lays on the chilly blues and a wet-blanket mood of arty anguish, leaving cinematographer Fred Murphy and production designer Jackson De Govia to trump up trompe l'oeils of carefully posed carrion.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2008
80% Never Forever (2007) Floridly plotted but acutely detailed.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2008
8% Backseat (2005) Bruce Van Dusen's 2005 comedy plots a meandering course due north without locating a word of truth.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2008