Jim Ridley

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  • 7 years ago

    At the very least, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson owes Denzel Mitchell a nice e-card: Mitchell, a Baltimore high school teacher, was one of the countless Americans whose shady subprime mortgage poured money into Goldman Sachs' coffers dur...

  • 7 years ago

    "Is it the picture that's crooked, or the room that's crooked?" asks someone straightening a painting that stubbornly will not right. "Or are we?" A viewer may ask similar questions of this enigmatic, subtly unnerving puzzle film by gifted directo...

  • 7 years ago

    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 exe...

  • 7 years ago

    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

    What Fletch was to plaid-checked watercooler 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, inte...

  • 7 years ago

    If conspiracy theory can be construed as one of the fastest-growing contemporary religions—a belief system that explains the unknown and gives shape and meaning to life—Alex Jones might well be its Moses. The partial subject of Luke Me...


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