Jim Ridley

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  • 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 just...

  • 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...

  • 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, i...

  • A glue-huffing variant on the gimmick noir DOA, 2006’s Crank was a riotous demonstration of the Actionvore’s Dilemma: The harsher the swill you consume—“swill,” in this case, meaning an AYCE strip-bar lunch buffet...

  • Carefully coded so as not to scare away secular audiences who just wanna see stuff blow up, this lugubrious thriller is still the closest Hollywood has come to addressing the question: What would a Christian apocalypse movie look like with a big...

  • 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...

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