BY Gina Tumlos
“Jersey Boys,” starring Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, John Lloyd Young, and Michael Lomenda.
Jersey Boys was supposed to be directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau who no doubt would have made the Broadway adaptation much more entertaining than this generic rags-to-riches tale of a 1950s pop group which struggled with fame and fortune and the pitfalls that came along with it. Yawn. Clint Eastwood’s greatest liability in this project is the clichéd backdrop of the story, a hurdle which he could have overcome with his years of experience behind the camera, but unfortunately, his straight-forward style of storytelling was not a good match for the material.
BY Warren and Kat Maneja
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” directed by Matt Reeves and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Set 10 years after the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the evolved apes have grown in number as the simian flu decimates earth’s human population. In the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the apes come into contact with a pocket of human survivors and have an uneasy truce between them. But events spiral out of control as man and ape are pitted against each other for survival and there’s only room for one at the top of the food chain…