Movie Guide 2-14-14
Editor’s note: Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.
Opening in Hollywood this week
“About Last Night” — Two couples navigate the ups and downs of modern love and romance in this remake of the 1986 film of the same name. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Written by Leslye Headland. Directed by Steve Pink. (1:40) R.
“Adult World” — A recent college graduate aspiring to be a famous poet takes the only job she can find, in an adult bookstore, and seeks out a mentor in an aging punk poet. With Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and John Cusack. Written by Andy Cochran. Directed by Scott Coffey. (1:33) R.
“Beijing Love Story” — Various Beijing couples confront love, romance and commitment, including a couple looking toward a trip to Greece to confront their own infidelity and a pregnant woman who must choose between her husband and an ex-love. With Tony Leung Ka Fai, Wang Xuebing and Siqin Gaowa. Written and directed by Chen Sicheng. In Mandarin, with English and Chinese subtitles. (2:02) NR.
“Date and Switch” — Two high-school seniors and longtime friends make a pact to help each other lose their virginity before senior prom, but their agreement takes an unexpected turn when one of them announces he’s gay. With Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope and Dakota Johnson. Written by Alan Yang. Directed by Chris Nelson. (1:31) R.
“Down and Dangerous” — An expert smuggler forced by violent drug traffickers to bring cocaine across the Mexican border plans to rid himself of their hold over him, but a beautiful woman from his past complicates things. With John T. Woods, Paulie Rojas and Judd Nelson. Written and directed by Zak Forsman. (1:35) NR.
“Easy Money: Hard to Kill” — A once-promising business student and former coke smuggler on leave from prison tries to get back on the straight and narrow in this sequel to the 2010 Swedsih thriller “Easy Money.” With Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela and Dragomir Mrsic. Written by Maria Karlsson. Directed by Babak Najafi. In Swedish with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.
“Endless Love” — A privileged young woman and a charismatic young man spark an intense but star-crossed love affair in this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. With Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde and Robert Patrick. Written by Shana Feste and Joshua Safran. Directed by Feste. (1:45) PG-13.
“Girl on a Bicycle” — An Italian tour bus driver in Paris who has just mustered the courage to propose to his flight attendant girlfriend suddenly becomes infatuated with a young woman he spies riding a bicycle. With Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato and Paddy Considine. Written and directed by Jeremy Leven. (1:41) R.
“Hank: Five Years From the Brink” — A documentary about Hank Paulson, the former Goldman Sachs CEO and Treasury secretary who was the architect of the 2008 bank bailout. Directed by Joe Berlinger. (1:26) NR.
“Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary” — Two programs showcasing this year’s Academy Award-nominated documentary short films. Multiple actors, writers and directors. (1:37, 1:27) NR.
“The Returned” — In a post-zombie world where the infected can be treated with regular injections but are stigmatized by “anti-Return” groups, a young couple with a long-held secret fight to survive. With Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire and Shawn Doyle. Written by Hatem Khraiche. Directed by Manuel Carballo.(1:38) NR.
“RoboCop” — In 2028, a controversial corporation specializing in military drones turns a critically injured Detroit cop into a part-man, part-robot police officer. With Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish. Written by Joshua Zetumer. Directed by Jose Padilha. In Imax. (1:58) PG-13.
“A Stranger in Paradise” — When the SEC investigates the head of his multibillion-dollar hedge fund for insider dealing, a trader is compelled to take a vacation to Bangkok and gets enangled up with the Thai mafia. With Colin Egglesfield, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Stuart Townsend. Written by Corrado Boccia, Taryn Hillin, Wes Schuck and Ryan Sturgis. Directed by Boccia. (1:25) NR.
“Visitors” — A wordless documentary portrait of modern life exploring humanity’s relationship with technology. Directed by Godfrey Reggio. (1:27) NR.
“Winter’s Tale” — A tale spanning a century in a mythical New York City, about a thief who falls for a dying woman and tangles with a ruthless gangster, based on the novel by Mark Helprin. With Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman. (1:58) PG-13.