Jersey Boys (15)
Dir: Clint Eastwood
With: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen
Runtime: 134 minutes
CLINT Eastwood, wearing his director's baseball cap, brings the hit stage show about Franki Valli And The Four Seasons to the screen with mixed, though still enjoyable, results.
Eastwood keeps many elements of the original, including pieces to camera, all the while revelling in the visual riches of the 1950s and 60s period. At 134 minutes, his picture winds up punishingly long, more like a double album when a string of singles would have been better, but the story of working class kids making it big is one that never grows old, and the songs are superbly rendered. Fans of the stage show will find their eyes and ears adoring this.
3 Days to Kill (12A)
With: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard
KEVIN Costner gets up close and grizzly with the camera again as an intelligence agency assassin trying to complete a mission while spending time with his estranged teenage daughter in Paris. Oh, and he's seriously ill. Oh, and his boss (Amber Heard) is a tough taskmaster with the power of life and death over him.
The wilfully bonkers screenplay is by Luc "Nikita" Besson, so expect fantasy femmes fatales and a film that does not know if it wants to be a comedy or a thriller and unwisely tries to do both.
The Art Of The Steal (15)
Dir: Jonathan Sobol
With: Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel
Runtime: 90 minutes
A GANG of art thieves gets together again for one last irresistible job in this patchy but likeable caper set in Canada.
Warring brothers Crunch and Nicky (Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon) keep an eye on each other while newbie Francie (Jay Baruchel) tries to keep up with the ways of international art hoaxers.
Cornball stuff, and not half as clever as it should be, but Russell ably leads the charge in a cast of charmers that also includes Terence Stamp.
Bright Days Ahead (15)
Dir: Marion Vernoux
With: Fanny Ardant, Patrick Chesnais
Runtime: 94 minutes
FRENCH screen legend and ultra glamour puss Fanny Ardant makes a somewhat unlikely retired dentist in this May-December romantic drama.
This time, the roles are reversed, with Caroline (Ardant) the older partner to her young computer lecturer beau. Director Marion Vernoux tries to add some novel twists to the story, but Ardant's alluring presence apart, you may feel you've sat through this tale one too many times before.