Film Clips


ABOUT LAST NIGHT (R). Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton costar in this reimagining of the 1986 romantic comedy -- based on a play by David Mamet -- that starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins about two couples and their journey from the bar to the bedroom to the real world. Hart brings along his A-game. He’s paired up with Hall who gives as good as she gets. They are so good together they do what other versions of this once-cutting edge piece only flirted with. They overwhelm the romantic leads, Ealy and Bryant. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/15). 1:53.

ENDLESS LOVE (PG-13). Two teens from radically different backgrounds fall in love against the sharp disapproval of their parents. A box of Valentine’s Day sweets that’s rather too sugary, milder than the angst-filled 1981 Brooke Shields version and far gooier than Scott Spencer’s edgy novel of teenage obsession, arson and clandestine love. With Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood, Robert Patrick. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 2/19). 1:43.

FROZEN (PG). There’s wit and whimsy in this 53rd Disney animated feature -- a distant cousin of Hans Christian Anderson’s "The Snow Queen" -- about a young girl cursed with an X-Men-like ability to freeze things and her baby sister’s determined effort to lift the curse. With the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/27). 1:42.

OMAR (NR). A thriller about the Palestinian conflict, centering on a young baker in the Occupied Territories who shares a hatred for the Israeli forces with his friends.

PHILOMENA (PG-13). A disgraced journalist in search of a human interest story teams up with an old, ill-educated Irish woman who sets off to America in search of the out-of-wedlock child she was forced to give up 50 years earlier by the Irish Catholic Church. Judi Dench gives a performance of spunk and sparkle, bringing to life a twinkly, grandmotherly working-class woman who isn’t above enjoying a drink or a naughty word. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/27). 1:38.

POMPEII (PG-13). A gladiator movie and love story with a volcano in the middle of it.

RIDE ALONG (R). Kevin Hart plays a pesky aspiring police officer seeking the approval of his girlfriend’s brother -- a no-nonsense veteran cop played by Ice Cube. A dull buddy cop movie engineered as a vehicle for the mini-motor mouth Hart and the perma-sneering Ice Cube. H1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 1/22). 1:40.

ROBOCOP (PG-13). Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action film gets a remake, this time starring Joel Kinnaman, a Swedish actor with American swagger, as the techno-Frankenstein created to tame Detroit’s rampant crime. This "RoboCop" has updated the original’s dystopia with some clever ideas and better acting, while at the same time sanitizing any satire with video-game polish and sequel baiting. With Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Ehle, Abbie Cornish. HH1/2 (Coyle, Associated Press -- 2/13). 1:48.

THE GREAT BEAUTY (NR). Drama about a once-promising novelist who, four decades after his only publishing success, works as a journalist and lives in an apartment overlooking the Colosseum. In Italian, with English subtitles.

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (R). The story of Charles Dickens and the younger woman who became his secret lover until his death. Ralph Fiennes brings Dickens’ many colors and contradictions to life in this melancholy biography. One of the most sedate and chaste melodramas ever to earn an R-rating. And built as it is upon a sterile performance by Felicity Jones, we are left wondering what it was the older man saw in her save for youth and beauty. But Fiennes holds it all together by force of what he does show about the man. It’s the visible great man who makes "Invisible Woman" worth watching. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/17). 1:51.

THE LEGO MOVIE (PG). In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. "The Lego Movie" doesn’t simply put imagination into practice but celebrates it, makes it integral, in a late development so uncharacteristic for an animated film that it’s a wonder unto itself. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett. HHH (Pesrall, Tampa Bay Times -- 2/10). 1:30.

THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13). A fact-based drama about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going to Germany to save rare antiques, art and architecture from theft and destruction by the Nazis. A genial disappointment about the preciousness of art amid the destructive horrors of war. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett. HH (Phillips, Chicago Tribune -- 2/8). 1:59.

THE NUT JOB (PG). A surprisingly simple, funny and often cute animated slapstick comedy about a squirrel planning a nut heist so that he’ll have enough food to last through winter. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 1/21). 1:25.

THE PAST (PG-13). An Iranian man who deserted his French wife and two children to return to his homeland confronts a new reality when, upon her request for a divorce, he returns to discover that she has started a relationship with another man. A deliciously soapy French romantic mystery, a melodrama that gives the label a good name. HHH

3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13). Kevin Costner plays C.I.A. contract killer Ethan Renner, a "cleaner," who learns he’s dying of cancer. His new control agent (Amber Heard) bribes him with a serum that might prolong his life, providing he carry out one last series of hits, in Paris, where his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and the teen daughter he barely knows (Hailee Steinfeld) live.

WINTER’S TALE (PG-13). A master thief marked for death by a demonic former mentor battles the forces of time to save the lovely occupant of a Central Park mansion who is dying of consumption. Mark Helprin’s 30-year-old fantasy novel saunters onto the screen as a lovely but slow and emotionally austere experience, a romantic weeper that shortchanges the romance and the tears. Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/19). 1:56.


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