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‘Jimmy’s Hall’: An Irish love story, messed up by politics (Our grade: B+)

Barry Ward as Jimmy and Simone Kirby as Oonagh in "Jimmy's Hall."

Barry Ward as Jimmy and Simone Kirby as Oonagh in “Jimmy’s Hall.”

“Jimmy’s Hall” is a wonderful love story woven into a larger tale about Ireland’s political troubles during the 1930s, with irresistible performances by Barry Ward and Simone Kirby.

The two actors are virtually unknown in the United States but have been regulars on British TV. And their chemistry in director Ken Loach’s new film is undeniable, with a white-hot, silent dance scene coming midway.

The movie is based on a screenplay by Paul Laverty, focusing on the real-life Irishman Jimmy Gralton, who fled to the United States in the 1920s amid political controversy.

» Read full review on MyStatesman.com » Find showtimes for “Jimmy’s Hall”


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