At the Movies: ‘RoboCop,’ ‘About Last Night’

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"RoboCop," the '80s cult classic about a cyborg police officer, gets a modern reboot with Joel Kinnaman. (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

“RoboCop,” the ’80s cult classic about a cyborg police officer, gets a modern reboot with Joel Kinnaman. (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.

OPENED WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12

‘RoboCop’ ***
In 2028, a controversial corporation specializing in military drones turns a critically injured Detroit cop (Joel Kinnaman) into a part-man, part-robot police officer. With Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish. Written by Joshua Zetumer. Directed by Jose Padilha. (PG-13, 1:58)

Colin Farrell and Jennifer Connelly star in the romantic fantasy adventure "Winter's Tale." (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

Colin Farrell and Jennifer Connelly star in the romantic fantasy adventure “Winter’s Tale.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

OPENS FRIDAY, FEB. 14

‘About Last Night’ ** 1/2
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. (R, 1:40)

‘Endless Love’ * 1/2
A privileged young woman (Gabriella Wilde) and a charismatic young man (Alex Pettyfer) spark an intense but star-crossed love affair in this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. With Robert Patrick. Written by Shana Feste and Joshua Safran. Directed by Feste. (PG-13, 1:45)

‘Winter’s Tale’ ***
A tale spanning a century in a mythical New York City, about a thief (Colin Farrell) who falls for a dying woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and tangles with a ruthless gangster (Russell Crowe), based on the novel by Mark Helprin. With Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman. (PG-13, 1:58)

Michael Ealy, left, and Kevin Hart star in the remake of the '80s romantic comedy "About Last Night." (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

Michael Ealy, left, and Kevin Hart star in the remake of the ’80s romantic comedy “About Last Night.” (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

NOW PLAYING

‘American Hustle’ ****
Two con artists (Christian Bale, Amy Adams) are compelled to work with a wild federal agent (Bradley Cooper) to concoct a sting targeting New Jersey power brokers and the Mafia in this drama based on the FBI’s Abscam operation of the 1970s. With Jennifer Lawrence. An Oscar nominee. (R, 2:09)

‘The Attorney’ *** 1/2
A materialistic tax lawyer (Song Kang-ho) takes up the case of a local teenager (Im Si-wan) falsely accused of a political crime in 1980s South Korea. With Kim Young-ae and Oh Dal-su. Written by Yang Woo-seok and Yoon Hyun-ho. Directed by Yang. In Korean with English subtitles. At Pearlridge West 16 (NR, 2:07)

‘August: Osage County’ *
When a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, three sisters (Oscar nominee Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis) confront the dysfunctional woman (Meryl Streep, also an Oscar nominee) who raised them. With Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper. At Kahala 8 (R, 2:10)

‘Bride for Rent’
To receive the trust fund his grandmother set up for him, Rocco Espiritu (Xian Lim) must be married. Rocky (Kim Chiu) responds to his ad for a bride, since she needs the money to provide for her impoverished family. A Filipino comedy directed by Mae Czarina Cruz. At Pearlridge West 16

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ ** 1/2
The “inspired by true events” tale of a party-hearty Texas cowboy and self-employed electrician who, in 1985, contracted the AIDS virus. Matthew McConaughey gives a literally transformative performance as this homophobic hell-raiser who won’t accept the doctors’ diagnosis that he has 30 days to live. He proves them wrong, becoming a cash-rich drug dispenser and patients’ rights advocate in the process, in this wild, colorful, compassionate film. An Oscar nominee. At Regal Dole Cannery (R, 1:57)

‘Frozen’ ****
An optimistic princess sets off on a journey with a rugged mountain man to find her sister. With the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. (PG, 1:48)

"Gravity" stars Sandra Bullock as an astronaut stranded in space. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

“Gravity” stars Sandra Bullock as an astronaut stranded in space. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

‘Gravity’ ****
When their shuttle is destroyed during a routine spacewalk, an astronaut and an engineer are stranded in space. With Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. An Oscar nominee. At Regal Dole Cannery (PG-13, 1:31)

‘Her’ ****
In near-future Los Angeles, a lonely writer trying to recover from a failed relationship downloads an advanced new operating system and begins to fall in love with his virtual companion. With Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Scarlett Johansson. An Oscar nominee. At Kahala 8 (R, 2:06)

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ ***
Reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins continues his quest to face the fearsome dragon Smaug and help 13 dwarves reclaim their lost kingdom in this second installment of a trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” With Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch. At Regal Dole Cannery (PG-13, 2:40)

‘I, Frankenstein’ (Not reviewed)
Two centuries after his creation by Dr. Frankenstein, the creature Adam finds himself in a supernatural war over the fate of humanity. With Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto. Written and directed by Stuart Beattie. (PG-13, 1:32)

‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ **
A young CIA analyst uncovers an international terrorist plot to collapse the U.S. economy and heads into the field to prevent it from happening. With Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Keira Knightley. (PG-13, 1:46)

‘Labor Day’ **
On a back-to-school shopping trip, a reclusive single mother (Kate Winslet) and her 13-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith) encounter and take in a man (Josh Brolin) in need who turns out to be an escaped con, but who also bonds with both. With Tobey Maguire. Written and directed by Jason Reitman. (PG-13, 1:51)

Chris Pratt, left, and Will Arnett lend their voice talents to the animated film "The Lego Movie." (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

Chris Pratt, left, and Will Arnett lend their voice talents to the animated film “The Lego Movie.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

‘The Lego Movie’ ****
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. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. In 3-D. (PG, 1:41)

‘Lone Survivor’ ** 1/2
Four Navy SEALs (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster), whose mission is to take down an al-Qaida operative, end up being ambushed in Afghanistan’s mountains and are faced with long odds. (R, 2:01)

‘Miss Granny’
Korean comedy about a 74-year-old woman (Na Moon Hee) who, thanks to a special photographer, finds herself to be 24 years old again (as portrayed by Shim Eun Kyung) after she has her portrait taken. Directed by Hwang Dong Hyuk. At Pearlridge West 16

‘The Monuments Men’ ** 1/2
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. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Directed by Clooney. PG-13. (PG-13, 1:58)

‘The Nut Job’ **
In this animated film, a mischievous squirrel sets out to rob the town’s biggest nut shop to feed himself and his pals for the winter. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. (PG, 1:26)

‘Oscar-nominated shorts: animated’ ***
A program showcasing this year’s Academy Award-nominated animated short films. At Kahala 8 (NR, 1:50)

‘Oscar-nominated shorts: live-action’  1/2
A program showcasing this year’s Academy Award-nominated live-action short films. At Kahala 8 (NR, 1:48)

‘Philomena’ ***
The story of an Irish woman who asks a journalist to help her track down a son she was forced by her Catholic family to give away, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Directed by Stephen Frears. An Oscar nominee. At Kahala 8 (R, 1:35)

‘Ride Along’ **1/2
In an effort to prove himself worthy, a fast-talking security guard goes for a ride-along with his girlfriend’s brother, a hotheaded Atlanta cop, and gets mixed up in a case. With Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill. (PG-13, 1:40)

‘The Suspect’ **1/2
After being abandoned during a mission, a top secret agent in North Korea sets out to find his missing wife and daughter, uncover the truth and exact revenge. With Gong Yoo, Park Hee-soon and Cho Seong-ha. In Korean with English subtitles. At Pearlridge West 16 (Not rated, 2:17)

‘That Awkward Moment’ **
Three best friends simultaneously find themselves questioning where their recent relationships are headed. With Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots. Written and directed by Tom Gormican. (R, 1:45)

‘Vampire Academy’ (Not reviewed)
Zoey Dutch (“Beautiful Creatures”) stars as a half-human, half-vampire whose legacy is to protect peaceful, nonviolent vampires living in secret among us mortals. Synopsis by the Miami
Herald. (PG-13, 1:44)

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ ***
Martin Scorsese reunites with Leonardo DiCaprio for this adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir surrounding his indulgent ride as a crooked banker in the 1990s. An Oscar nominee. (R, 2:45)

’12 Years a Slave’ *** 1/2
In the antebellum United States, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery, forcing him to fight to survive. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano. An Oscar nominee. At Regal Dole Cannery (R, 2:14)

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the Oscar-nominated film "The Wolf of Wall Street." (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)

SPECIAL

Hana Hou Picture Show: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Popular 1990 film where mutant turtles — Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael — clash with an uprising by a criminal gang of ninjas. 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday at Consolidated Ward Stadium Titan XC. ($10)

National Theatre Live: ‘Coriolanus’
Donmar Warehouse’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. 2 p.m. Sunday at Kahala 8. ($20)

Oscar Classics: ‘Lawrence of Arabia’
Based on the life of T.E. Lawrence with Peter O’Toole starring in the title role. Won seven of the 10 Academy Awards for which it was nominated, including best director, best sound editing and best picture. Also stars Omar Sharif in his first major English-speaking role, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness. Directed by David Lean. 7 p.m. Thursday at Consolidated Ward Stadium. ($7)

‘Romeo and Juliet on Broadway’
Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers stars Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as they performed it in November 2013 at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kahala 8. ($20)

The Royal Ballet Series 2014 Cinema Season: ‘Swan Lake’
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman he is instantly captivated … but will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under? 7 p.m. Thursday at Dole Cannery 18 ($15)

Royal Opera: ‘La Boheme’
John Copley’s production is a minutely observed panorama of 1830s Parisian life, beautifully designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman. The four-act opera conjures emotions ranging from joy to tragedy. Opera star Rolando Villazon and Maija Kovalevska, Stefania Dovhan and Audun Iversen bring top-tier vocal artistry to this production. 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Kahala 8. ($20)

Domhnall Gleeson uses his power to time-travel to find love with Rachel McAdams in "About Time," playing at the Movie Museum. (Courtesy Universal Pictures)

Domhnall Gleeson uses his power to time-travel to find love with Rachel McAdams in “About Time,” playing at the Movie Museum. (Courtesy Universal Pictures)

ARTHOUSE

DORIS DUKE THEATRE
Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768, honolulumuseum.org); $10, $8 for members

Valentine Dinner + Movie: ‘Sabrina’
Friday, with dinner 6-7:30 p.m. and screening to follow. $45, $40 for members, includes glass of wine or Champagne.
Billy Wilder’s classic romantic comedy stars Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina, the shy daughter of a wealthy family’s chauffeur who one day returns home an elegant young woman, then is pursued by a workaholic (Humphrey Bogart) and a carefree playboy (William Holden). (1954, 1:54)

‘The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan’
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with introduction by graffiti historian Roger Gastman at the 7:30 p.m. screening; and 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Documentary explores the cultural and political scene of Washington, D.C., during the ’80s through the eyes of graffiti legend Cool “Disco” Dan. Narrated by former Black Flag frontman and D.C. native Henry Rollins. (2012, 1:26)

Family Film Sunday: ‘Paint Me a Story: Animation from Around the Globe’
11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, $1-$3
Features award-winning shorts for all ages, including “Maple Syrup” (Japan); “Lola” (France); “My Strange Grandfather” (Russia); “The Whale Story”; “Noodle Fish” (Korea); “Edible Rocks”; “High Above the Sky” (U.K.); “The Fox Who Followed the Sound” (Iran); “Winter Has Come” (Russia); and “I Spy with My Little Eye” (Germany). Some with English subtitles. (1:11)

‘After Tiller’
7 p.m. Tuesday, presented by University of Hawaii SEED Office and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii. Free; online reservations recommended
Following the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas, this documentary follows the lives of the four remaining American doctors who openly perform third-trimester abortions, with in-depth interviews and moving stories behind the reasons why some women seek late abortions. Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. (2013, 1:28)

’2014: Oscar-nominated short films’
1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday
View this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary shorts from across the globe in this cinematic showcase before the 86th annual Academy Awards air in March. Documentary Program A features “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” “Karama Has No Walls” and “Facing Fear”; Documentary Program B features “CaveDigger” and “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” (various, 3:04, plus one intermission)

MOVIE MUSEUM
3566 Harding Ave. (735-8771); $5, $4 members

‘The Best Man Holiday’
Noon and 9 p.m. Friday; 2, 4:15 and 8:30 p.m. Monday
This sequel to “The Best Man” reunites four friends during Christmas, causing issues to resurface 14 years later. With Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall. Rated R. Nominated for 10 awards. (2013, 2:03)

‘About Time’
2:15, 4:30 and 6:45 p.m. Friday; noon, 4:45 and 7 p.m. Saturday
A father tells his 21-year-old son they have the power to time-travel, so the young man decides to use this special gift to find a girlfriend in this romantic comedy. With Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. Rated R. (2013, U.K., 2:03)

‘Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon’ (‘Di Renjie: Shen du long wang’)
2:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday
A sea dragon decimates the imperial navy, and a strange reptilian man begins to terrorize the capital, marking Detective Dee’s first case. For ages 12 and older. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (2013, China, 2:14)

‘All Is Lost’
Noon, 2, 4 and 8:15 p.m. Sunday
A man’s yacht collides with a free-floating shipping container as he sails alone on the Indian Ocean, creating a desperate situation. With Robert Redford. Rated PG-13. (2013, 1:46)

‘Mr. Coconut’ (‘Hap ga foon’)
6 p.m. Sunday
This Chinese New Year classic set in Hong Kong is about Mr. Coconut, who makes life miserable for his “upwardly mobile” brother-in-law who is struggling to maintain life in a materialistic metropolis. For all ages. In Cantonese with English subtitles. (1989, Hong Kong, 1:40)

‘Mother of George’
Noon and 6:30 p.m. Monday
Complications that arise from a young bride’s infertility reverberate. Rated R. In English and Yoruba with subtitles. (2013, Nigeria/U.S., 1:47)

‘On the Job’
Noon, 4:15 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Inspired by true events, this crime thriller follows two prison inmates who are temporarily released to assassinate high-ranking government officials in Manila, only to be tailed by a pair of honest cops along the way. In Tagalog/English with subtitles. (2013, Philippines, 2:01)

‘The Artist and the Model’ (‘El artista y la modelo’)
2:15 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Artist Marc and wife Lea live a peaceful and isolated life in southern France, but when Lea decides to shelter a young Spanish refugee, Marc’s passion for life and art is suddenly rejuvenated. In French/Spanish with subtitles. (2012, Spain/France, 1:45)

MONDAY MOVIE CAFE
Cupola Theatre, Honolulu Design Center, second floor, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. (436-4326); $10, $5 students

‘American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny’
7 p.m. Monday, followed by post-film discussion with Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii
This documentary with the underlying theme of “children being the ultimate victims of American drug policy” follows the story of a young boy named Cash Hyde who is repeatedly denied cannabis oil, the only medicine that appears to shrink his brain tumor, and also explores the saga of director Kevin Booth and his wife on becoming foster parents and their encounters with over-prevalent use of pharmaceuticals on foster kids. (2013, 1:25)

FILCOM CENTER
94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu (680-0451, filcom.org); free

‘Amigo’
3:30 p.m. Sunday
This drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and violence stars Joel Torre as a village mayor under pressure to help Americans hunt Filipino guerrilla fighters during the Philippine-American war. The problem is that his own brother heads the local guerrillas. Followed by a forum with filmmaker John Sayles. (2011, U.S./Philippines, 2:04)

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