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Chuck Koplinski: Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' offers fresh take, new turf

One would think that with more than 30 films under his belt as a director, Clint Eastwood would be out of tricks.

And yet, with his big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash "Jersey Boys," he not only breaks new ground for himself — as this is the first musical he has directed — but is also able to bring a new perspective to the genre and this story as well.

Richard J. Leskosky: 'Maltese Falcon' a case of remake improvement

When people complain about all the remakes and reboots we see in the cinema these days (most recently, "RoboCop"), they forget that in some very notable cases the remake has been significantly better than the original.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

'Fault' stars

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Ebertfest fave among undead

Who lives here? June 14, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

Film capsules, June 12, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Chuck Koplinski: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' roasts expectations

Not content to play it safe and give audiences the same old "boy and his dragon" adventure, director Dean DeBlois ups the emotional and thematic stakes in "How to Train Your Dragon 2," an exciting, challenging and emotionally moving film that exceeds expectations by not giving us a children's story but one replete with weighty adult concerns.

Entertainment listings, June 12-19, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Ask 'Mimi' June 8, 2014

Greg Springer of Urbana asks: Is it my imagination or didn't Dominic Fumusa go to the UI in its theater department? I'm pretty sure I reviewed him favorably many times over the years. And he's a regular on 'Nurse Jackie' and currently in New York City on the stage, I believe. He's a good actor, but he never seems to get much visibility.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Outdoor concert