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Hungry for a decent movienew

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part I” perpetuates the questionable tactic of carving a popular fantasy novel into multiple movies when only one is needed. “Harry Potter’s” final installment was given two films to wrap things up, and “The Hobbit” is being retold in a ridiculously prolonged trilogy that mercifully concludes next month.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  11-26-2014  |  Reviews

Wes Anderson's Room Servicenew

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is told as a story-inside-a-story from the perspective the hotel’s lobby boy, Zero (played in his youth by Tony Revolori and in old age by F. Murray Abraham), who joins the staff in 1932 and quickly earns Gustave’s trust. Much of the film has the feel of a children’s tale reconstructed from memory with the kind of whimsical flourishes and improbable twists that get embellished over time. The language is a delightful mix of formal rhetoric spiced with some perfectly timed cursing. And nobody even attempts to put on an accent that’s outside their comfort zone — Harvey Keitel is pure Brooklyn, Fiennes all England, and the fact that they share a jail cell somehow conforms to Andersonian logic.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  04-03-2014  |  Reviews

Art's double Dutchnew

“Tim’s Vermeer” is one of those palate-cleansing movies that needs to enter your life once in a while. There are no booms, no bangs; nobody is waving his arms in front of the camera pleading for attention or losing 60 pounds to enhance his Oscar chances. It is great fun nonetheless.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  03-20-2014  |  Reviews

Man, Woman, and Another Mannew

I once worked with a man who came out as gay after 20 years of marriage and two children. Accepting his true self, and then revealing it to the rest of the world, was a struggle for him; he was raised at a time when homosexual men and women were made to believe that their very existence was a slap in the face to the natural order. Many stayed in the closet, conformed as best they could, and the result was a lot of unhappy marriages. One such marriage lies at the center of the Taiwanese film “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  03-07-2014  |  Reviews

Birth of a Salesmannew

I know people who have run Kickstarter campaigns for a variety of worthy projects and I prefer to see the strategy work for community-based efforts initiated by people with big vision and limited resources rather than be used to subsidize an already wealthy person’s movie. But what the hell. I suppose if you can sell me the pen in your pocket, you deserve the payout.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  01-09-2014  |  Movies

That Worcester movienew

A review of the recently released movie "American Hustle," which in part was filmed in Worcester, Mass.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  01-07-2014  |  Reviews

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