‘Robocop,’ ‘About Last Night’ and other new movies, reviewed

Among this week’s new releases, The Post's critics review remakes of three films from the 1980s: “About Last Night,” “Robocop” and “Endless Love.”


Joel Kinnaman in 'Robocop.' (MGM/Columbia Pictures)

1/2 “About Last Night” (R) “As a remake of ‘About Last Night,’ this version is the remake of an adaptation of David Mamet’s one-act play ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago,’ but the dialogue doesn’t bear the playwright’s signature bite or flair. It’s vulgar and sexually graphic, but not particularly observant. The ebbs and flows of Daniel and Debbie’s romance never veer from the tenets of Screenwriting 101.” – Ann Hornaday

Robocop” (PG-13) “In the hands of director José Padilha (“Bus 174,” ‘Elite Squad’), the ‘RoboCop’ of today manages to meet expectations without exceeding them. Lightly following the original story line by screenwriters Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, this iteration makes a few tweaks here and there, hewing to the most recognizable contours but dispensing with the most hard-edged violence and gore.” – Ann Hornaday

Endless Love” (PG-13) “‘Endless Love’ is one of three 1980s remakes this weekend. ‘RoboCop’ and ‘About Last Night’ are also hitting theaters, but unlike those movies, “Endless Love” didn’t amount to much in 1981. And it doesn’t fare better today. Like waterbeds and Betamax, some things are more fun to remember than to relive.” – Stephanie Merry

Like Father, Like Son” (Unrated) “The setup of ‘Like Father, Like Son’ seems like it would be heart-wrenching: Two couples, each with 6-year-old sons they cherish, discover that a hospital mix-up switched their babies at birth. Yet this Japanese film is more of a head-scratcher than a tear-jerker.” – Michael O’Sullivan

Tim's Vermeer” (PG- 13) “Directed by Teller of the magic duo Penn and Teller, and written and narrated by his partner, Penn Jillette, the movie puts forth an utterly fascinating and fairly compelling argument, not to mention the question: Was Vermeer less genius than geek?” – Michael O’Sullivan

Winter's Tale” (PG-13) “You don’t see a lot of magic in dramas these days, so it would be easy to write off a flying horse (or any other number of fantastical elements) as ridiculous. But much of the sorcery in Winter’s Tale is stunningly captured, whether it’s Pearly’s face cracking into pieces when he loses his temper or the way Beverly sees bright glints of light everywhere. And although there are missteps in the plotting, Akiva Goldsman (who rote ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and adapted this screenplay) does good work directing his feature debut.” – Stephanie Merry

Beijing Love Story” (Unrated) “Aside from that sojourn in Greece, the movie is set in a Beijing that’s gleamingly upscale, remarkably free of smog and heavily Westernized: Techno, Viagra, the Smurfs and Dairy Queen all play a part in the cultural landscape. The director integrates the episodes neatly, with some playful overlaps, and fully integrates the best-known cast members: Hong Kong stars Leung and Lau.” – Mark Jenkins

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly attributed the review of "Beijing Love Story" to Michael O'Sullivan.

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.
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