Tom O'Keefe

My writing career thus far has consisted of online film criticism for, and snappy Facebook status updates. I previously worked in radio but I am currently the Marketing Manager for The Family Arena in St. Charles. I can be heard reviewing films on KTRS with John Carney or online at with Thom West & Joe Dinero. I am also the host of a weekly film podcast called Reel Spoilers available on iTunes.

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Short Fiction

Lindenwood Review

Night of A Thousand Clowns

Night of A Thousand clowns is a short story that was originally published in the Lindenwood Review. The Lindenwood Review is the literary journal of Lindenwood University in St....

Industry Blogging


FAQ - Can I Meet The Band?

FAQ - Can I Meet The Band? "Can I meet the band?" That is probably one of the most frequently asked questions we get in this industry. Here's the short answer - No. Here's the...


Family Arena FAQ - How Do I Get the Best Seats

FAQ - How Can I Get the Best Seats? "How do I get the best seats?" It always infuriated me when teachers would reply to a question with a question but in this situation I can't...

Film Reviews


Tom O'Keefe Reviews "Eat Pray Love"

Julia Roberts returns to headlining films with Eat, Pray, Love . Roberts plays Liz Gilbert, a travel writer "trapped" in an unhappy marriage. And by "trapped" I mean "they have...


Tom O'Keefe Reviews 'The Hunger Games' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson

Every year in the country of Panem, The Hunger Games are held. Panem is a dystopian state that arose from the ruins of what was once North America. Consisting of 12 Districts,...


'American Reunion' Movie Review - Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein

The American Pie franchise returns for its fourth chapter - American Reunion . (I know there have been direct-to-DVD spin offs but I don't think they're considered part of the...


Movie Review: 'After Earth' Starring Will and Jaden Smith, Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Will Smith returns with his latest sci-fi, ummm..."epic" After Earth , set 1,000 years after humans have abandoned the planet for the safer of confines of Nova Prime. Smith...


Review: 'Grown Ups 2′ Starring Adam Sandler and Friends is One of 2013′s Worst Movies

The opening joke of Grown Ups 2 (not opening scene mind you but opening joke) features a deer pissing in Adam Sandler 's face. I envy that deer. The original Grown Ups reunited...


Joss Whedon's THE AVENGERS Sure to Hulk Smash Box Office (Review)

After a five-film prologue The Avengers have finally, well...assembled. It's been four years since Marvel Studios first telegraphed their intentions in a post-credit sequence of...



Some Blessed, Most Damned: 7 TV Show Resurrections

Easter weekend seems like a good time to write about Easter-themed TV. But after Here Comes Peter Cottontail things get a little sparse. So instead of focusing on bunnies, we'll...


In Honor of Easter, Six Unusual Movies Featuring Rabbits

Easter is almost upon us so I wanted to do a list that fit the season. A list of movies about Jesus seemed like it would either be boring or get me in a lot of trouble. And...


Movies You Probably Didn't Know Were Remakes, in Honor of 'Evil Dead'

This week in theaters we have Evil Dead . The film is remake (reboot? Sequel? Re-imagining? I don't know what we're calling these things anymore) of the 1981 cult classic. The...


6 Movies That Were Made to Launch Franchises, In Honor of 'World War Z' Starring Brad Pitt

World War Z opens this weekend. It's a movie that Brad Pitt desperately hopes to turn into a franchise. It was notoriously troubled production and while it might not quite reach...


Movies That Were Box Office Disasters, In Honor of 'After Earth'

Last week saw the release of Will Smith's After Earth . It was execrable. (You can read my review here.) While I felt it was the worst film of Smith's career it's also turning...


Movie Review: 'The Conjuring' Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston

You could be forgiven for thinking that The Conjuring is just another in a long line of "found footage" Blair Witch knockoffs. Its' trailer focuses on recreated video recordings...


6 Movies with Giant Freaking Robots, In Honor of 'Pacific Rim' Directed by Guillermo del Toro

This week sees the release of Pacific Rim. If you've ever wondered what it looked like when Guillermo del Toro played in the bathtub, then this is the movie for you. He took his...