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Movie Review: Jersey Boys

8 July 2014 8:28 AM, PDT

Before The Beatles came to our shores in the mid-1960s, I don’t think there was a bigger rock band in America than The Four Seasons. The Four Seasons are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. The story of the band’s formation, success, and their eventual break-up has already been dramatized in Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, a jukebox musical which debuted on Broadway in 2005. And now that musical has been brought from the stage to the screen. The new movie Jersey Boys is a lot of fun and quite entertaining, but unfortunately the film suffers from narrative and structural issues that prevent it from reaching its full potential.

Obviously, the focus of the cast is on the four members of The Four SeasonsJohn Lloyd Young as frontman/lead vocalist Frankie Valli, »

- Timothy Monforton

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Box Office Weekend: Slow Fourth Gives Transformers a Leg Up

7 July 2014 8:16 AM, PDT

A lot fewer people went to see Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend than last, with the blockbuster losing massive business as it garnered only an estimated $36.4 million this weekend at the box office. However, not too many people went to go see much else this weekend either, as the next highest earner, the Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy, only managed to bring in an estimated $21.2 million. Still, it was enough to cover its $20 million budget, and while perhaps not the moneymaker that Neighbors was, the critically panned comedy should still be a modest success.

Deliver Us from Evil, however, has what is probably an uphill battle, the horror film brought in only an estimated $9.5 million for its opening weekend; with critics not exactly singing its praises and a lack of released budget numbers, it seems doomed for mediocrity at best. The only other film to debut this week, Earth to Echo, »

- Seth Paul

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