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.
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.
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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.
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.