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‘Jersey Boys’ movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (photo: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in ‘Jersey Boys’) Clint Eastwood’s semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the hit 2005 Broadway musical — and it is a crushing bore. But we shall start with the positive: In Eastwood’s film, the music and the performances of the music (which are not the same thing) are great. That is to be expected, as the Jersey Boys movie cast is mostly composed from cast members of the stage show, including Tony winner John Lloyd Young, who happens to look a lot like Frankie Valli and who has a four-plus octave range. Lucky boy. Lloyd Young is also a serviceable actor with a number of (mostly stage) credits that did not require a piercing falsetto. »
- Tim Cogshell
More Black History Month commemorations, as you'd expect, with February just around the corner. This one from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, via press release below... To commemorate Black History Month and the cinematic achievements of African-Americans, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has unveiled the ‘Real Black History Month Collection,’ an abundant collection of timeless and trailblazing titles featured on DVD, including for the first-time-ever on Blu-ray™, The Five Heartbeats, the Motown-flavored masterpiece that tells the story of five friends drawn together by music, success and personal tragedy. Available now on Blu-ray™ (Bd) and DVD at major U.S. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine, a fancy New Yorker whose late husband was one of those finance scumbags who swindled people. Left high and dry, she heads to Sf to impose upon her sweet sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who's got her own problems to deal with.
Why We're In: This Woody Allen flick is getting rave reviews, nominations, and awards out the wazoo, so if you haven't seen it yet, get cracking.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
Why We're In: Because it's winter and you need a laugh, and because this Criterion edition is restored, extended, and spiffed up in all the right ways. »
- Jenni Miller
3 items from 2014
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