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Jersey Boys

Now Playing Synopsis: Adapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - one of the key pop groups of the early '60s, responsible for such iconic hits as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and (&"Big Girls Don't Cry."} The story opens in New Jersey, where young Francesco Castelluccio (John Lloyd Young) and his buddies face a narrow window of future career options. Their possible paths include show business on one hand and organized crime on the other, embodied by the slightly menacing yet avuncular kingpin, Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo (Christopher Walken), who runs the neighborhood and keeps an eye on them. The boys begin to nurture dreams of becoming musical stars, goals that seem far out of reach until they invite Francesco to perform with them in their band, then rename him Frankie Valli; his unique falsetto vocals captivate the girls in the audience, which provides a sign of things to come. The young hopefuls sign a contract at the Brill Building and begin doing backup vocals for record producer Bob Crewe (Mike Doyle), but experience frustration when Crewe drags his feet on recording them as a solo act. Later, the performers name themselves The Four Seasons after feeling inspired by an unusual source. They add songwriter-musician Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) and the equation is complete; Crewe hears Gaudio's composition "Sherry," decides to double-track Valli's voice, and helps create a national sensation. Later, however, certain difficulties begin to take their toll on the band - including financial problems, inner rivalries and tensions between the bandmates, and Valli's long periods on the road away from his wife and daughters. Clint Eastwood directs, from a screenplay by the co-authors of the original musical, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi Cast: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

'The Internship' movie review

...better, and Owen Wilson are completely miscast. As written, the movie would make far more sense as an Alan Arkin / Christopher Walken buddy comedy. Think, "Grouchy Old Programmers." Wilson and Vaughn are just too young. I didn't believe for...

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Hair-raising musical entertains, but why Travolta?

...it is." As our hero ventures to new neighborhoods, we meet an engaging cast of support players, including Christopher Walken, Allison Janney, Amanda Bynes, and best of all, Queen Latifah, the original plus-sized diva herself. The...

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Because guys like romance too ...

...Romance's" dialogue crackles. Almost as good as the mix of romance and gunplay is the iconic pairing of Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper in an unforgettable scene. 2. 'The Getaway' I'm not talking about the Alec Baldwin/Kim...

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Seven Psychopaths

Now Playing Synopsis: Three friends (Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Sam Rockwell) incur the wrath of a violent L.A. gangster (Woody Harrelson) by kidnapping his prized shih tzu in this black comedy from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh. Aspiring screenwriter Marty (Farrell) has a brilliant screenplay called Seven Psychopaths floating around in his head; unfortunately he's usually to hungover to make any real progress on it. Meanwhile, Marty's best friend Billy (Rockwell) has some great ideas for the story, but he's reluctant to offer input without invitation. A down-on-his-luck actor, Billy pays his rent by running a lucrative dognapping scam with smooth-talking Hans (Walken). Just when frustrated Marty begins to fear that all of his ideas have dried up, however, Billy shows up with an adorable shih zhu swiped from a quick-tempered gangster (Harrelson), and a desperate trip into the desert finds the ideas flowing like drinks at an open bar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Stand Up Guys

Now Playing Synopsis: Three geriatric criminals reunite to recapture the glory of their lawless youth, but find their celebrations interrupted when one is put into a difficult position by a vengeful mob boss. Nearly 20 years after refusing to inform on his partner-in-crime, Val (Al Pacino) emerges from prison a free man. Waiting for him at the gate is his old friend Doc (Christopher Walken), who quickly takes him out on the town with the mischievous Hirsh (Alan Arkin) to stir up some trouble. It's been far too long since the trio raised hell on the streets, and they're all eager to make up for lost time. Meanwhile, one of the three is harboring a secret that will test their longtime friendship unless they can finally come to terms with their troublesome past. Julianna Margulies co-stars. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

A Late Quartet

Now Playing Synopsis: A Late Quartet, the first fiction film from director Yaron Zilberman, follows the lives of four longtime colleagues who play in a celebrated string quartet together. As the group begin their 25th season together, the eldest member (Christopher Walken) discovers he has the beginning stage of Parkinson's disease. Because he can't perform to the best of his abilities, he would like to bow out of the quartet without disbanding it. However, a married couple within the group (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener) are on the brink of breaking up, and their rocky period isn't helped by the fact that the fourth member has begun an affair with their college-age daughter. A Late Quartet screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots, Madhur Jaffrey, Liraz Charhi, Wallace Shawn, Anne Sofie Von Otter Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Power of Few

Now Playing Synopsis: One individual's actions impact the lives of many in this urban tale of religious conspiracy and interconnected lives. Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderspn, and {$Moon Bloodgood star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Nicky Whelan, Moon Bloodgood, Q'orianka Kilcher Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Heaven's Gate

Opens Friday, Aug 2, 2013 Synopsis: A notorious artistic and financial failure, Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate was blamed for critically wounding the movie Western and definitively ushering out the 1970s Hollywood New Wave of young, brash, independent filmmakers. Taking a revisionist, post-Vietnam view of American imperialism, Cimino used the historical Johnson County War incident in Wyoming to create an impressionistic tapestry of Western conflict between poor immigrant settlers and rich cattle barons led by Canton (Sam Waterston) and his hired gun Nate Champion (Christopher Walken). Attempting to mediate is idealistic Harvard graduate and county marshal Averill (Kris Kristofferson), who is both Nate's friend and his romantic rival for the affections of Ella Watson (Isabelle Huppert). However, war erupts, at great cost to all involved. Flush from his success with the Oscar-winning The Deer Hunter (1978), Cimino demanded creative control, and his insistence on shooting on location and building historically accurate sets and props multiplied the film's original budget to a then-astronomical $36 million. When United Artists premiered the original 219-minute version (sight unseen), they discovered that Cimino had produced an elliptical epic, compounding the box-office difficulties of making a Western without any major stars. Critics howled about Cimino's incomprehensible self-indulgence, and United Artists pulled the film after several days. Re-released five months later, 70 minutes shorter, Heaven's Gate bombed again, and MGM bought out the financially crippled United Artists. The ailing Western genre virtually vanished during the 1980s, Cimino's career never recovered, and Hollywood studios had had enough of bankrolling financially risky ventures by "auteur" directors. Heaven's Gate's reputation recovered somewhat after its video release, as it garnered praise from some viewers for such visually remarkable sequences as the Harvard dance and the final battle, as well as for David Mansfield's haunting score. Steven Bach's book Final Cut provides a full production history. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, Sam Waterston, John Hurt, Brad Dourif Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Dark Horse

Now Playing Synopsis: Todd Solondz's black comedy Dark Horse stars Jordan Gelber as Abe, a thirtysomething loser still living with mom and dad, and employed at his father's company, even though he would rather spend his time buying toys online. He meets Miranda (Selma Blair), and tries repeatedly to go on a date with her. When he finally succeeds in this endeavor, he asks her to marry him. Soon she has given him hepatitis, and Abe goes through a series of hallucinations involving his father's secretary. Dark Horse played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Justin Bartha, Donna Murphy, Christopher Walken, Aasif Mandvi Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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