“Jersey Boys”: the movie is not the stage play. The electricity is turned off. Never will you feel like singing along, let alone tapping your feet to the beat. That must be what Clint Eastwood wants. He has made the film his from Marshall Brickman’s and Rick Elice’s musical.
Val, don't call him by his given name Valentine, gets out of prison after 28 years' incarceration. Best friend and colleague Doc greets Val upon his release with a job to do--Doc must kill Val. No dummy, Val knows and thus begins a long night of nostalgia and philosophizing, regrets and resignation.
Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s film “Seven Psychopaths” is about, well, truth in labeling, seven psychopaths. As such, some bloody violence punctuates ugly murders that occur at regular intervals. Self-consciously playing this for laughs, the episodic set pieces sometimes work well, but eventually get tedious as the truly comic moments merely punctuate slower ones straining to be clever.