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New movies: ‘Think Like a Man Too,’ ‘Jersey Boys’ and others, reviewed

In this week’s new releases, Kevin Hart and the cast of "Think Like a Man" return for another battle of the sexes in  “Think Like a Man Too.” And, fans of “Jersey Boys” will be pleased with Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the hit musical, though the plot remains overstuffed.

Kevin Hart returns as Cedric, who is a grating presence save for a few golden moments of brilliant physical gags. (Matt Kennedy/Sony Pictures)

★★ “Think Like a Man Too” (PG-13) “‘Think Like a Man Too’ is nothing if not emphatic: Why choose to underline, italicize or put something in bold when you can do all three?” – Ann Hornaday

★★½ “Jersey Boys” (R) “Seeing the movie onscreen is a lot like seeing it in a playhouse — and that’s okay. After all, the story is dramatic, with its tale of kids from a rough neighborhood who shoot to fame with catchy hit after catchy hit but can’t quite keep it together. Plus, the dialogue is witty and the music is phenomenal.” – Stephanie Merry

★★½ “The Rover” (R) “… what makes ‘The Rover’ more watchable than the average self-conscious genre exercise is Pearce, who exudes such weary authority and palpable vulnerability that he’s sympathetic even in the film’s most brutalizing moments.” – Ann Hornaday

★★★ “Ivory Tower” (PG-13) “One trillion dollars. That unfathomable number — the amount of student loan debt we’ve managed to rack up — hovers ominously over the economy. And, unlike the housing crisis, there’s no option for foreclosure. Bankruptcy won’t make the bills stop coming. How did we get here? Andrew Rossi’s documentary ‘Ivory Tower’ gets to the bottom of that while examining another hot topic: Is higher education, with its skyrocketing price tag, worth it?” – Stephanie Merry

★★★ “Citizen Koch” (Unrated) “If you have a shred of idealism left, it’s hard to watch ‘Citizen Koch’ without a mounting sense of despair and outrage over the influence that money has come to wield over modern elections. After watching the film, however, it’s reassuring to remember that sometimes — as in the case of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent primary defeat by a poorly funded dark horse — the little guy with an empty wallet can still win.” – Michael O’Sullivan

★★ “Flex Is Kings” (Unrated) “The movie’s great strength is the way it captures these dancers, sometimes in slow motion, as they contort their bodies in ways that don’t seem possible. When it comes to the narrative, though, the movie struggles a bit.” – Stephanie Merry

★★ “Chinese Puzzle” (R) “Most love lives — certainly the ones worth making movies about — are complicated. But listening to someone who continually marvels at the twists and turns of his own liaisons can get tedious quickly. So it is with Cédric Klapisch’s ‘Chinese Puzzle,’ a reasonably diverting tale of pre-middle-aged floundering that can’t stop pointing out how unexpected everything is.” – John DeFore

★½ “Young and Beautiful” (Unrated) “Why Isabelle becomes a prostitute is the film’s enduring mystery, and no typical explanation makes sense. She certainly doesn’t need the money. Her mother and stepfather (Géraldine Pailhas and Frédéric Pierrot) give her everything she needs. It doesn’t look like empowerment either, given the misogyny Isabelle must put up with. Teenage rebellion? An attempt to feel grown up? Peer pressure? Addiction? Nothing seems to fit.” – 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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