Jersey Boys 2.0 stars

Old man (Clint Eastwood, 84) makes movie about old musical group (Frankie Valli, 80, and The Four Seasons) and manages to keep the whole enterprise from getting either stiff in the joints or whiffy with nostalgia. It's a neat piece of work, accomplished partly through the risky trick of having his four leads take turns addressing the camera. They take us through the four seasons of the band's life: spring beginnings (handled by streetwise manager-type Tommy DeVito); summer success (brainy songwriter Bob Gaudio), fall foibles (workaday bass-bassist Nick Massi), and deathly winter (bighearted frontman Valli). Especially in the early going, the banter serves as an invitation to intimacy with these guys and their neighborhood back in the day. The story is much more about making it than it is about making art; short on surprises but engaging all the same, and not without delight. With a tastefully restrained Christopher Walken. 2014.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

Digiplex Poway

13475 Poway Road, Poway, 858-679-3887

Monday, July 28

11:15am, 7:15pm

Tuesday, July 29

11:15am, 7:15pm

Wednesday, July 30

11:15am, 7:15pm

Thursday, July 31

11:15am, 7:15pm

Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760-436-7469

Monday, July 28

8:40pm

Tuesday, July 29

8:40pm

Thursday, July 31

8:40pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483

Monday, July 28

10:55am, 1:55pm, 4:55pm, 7:55pm

Tuesday, July 29

10:55am, 1:55pm, 4:55pm, 7:55pm

Wednesday, July 30

10:55am, 1:55pm, 4:55pm, 7:55pm

Thursday, July 31

10:55am, 1:55pm, 4:55pm

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