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Robocop, About Last Night, Endless Love, Winter's Tale, Babe, and The Big Combo

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About Last Night

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Endless Love

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Winter's Tale

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Babe

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The Big Combo


ROBOCOP The new Robocop is more focused on our issues: ubiquitous surveillance, the empowerment of the police state, and, perhaps, drone warfare. In 2028 Detroit, policeman Alex Murphy is injured, prompting multinational conglomerate OmniCorp (more commentary!) to use him as the first part-man, part-machine law enforcement officer. It features the perfect Gary Oldman as Dr. Dennett Norton, so we’ll probably have to see it. Opens Feb. 12

ABOUT LAST NIGHT This remake of the 1986 film adaptation of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago replaces Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, and co. with a mostly black cast, led by the loud, fast-talking Kevin Hart. Love blossoms between two couples—Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, Joy Bryant and Michael Ealy—as they both advance from crazy-drunken hookup to real-life relationship. A steaming tureen of gender stereotypes informs most of the humor, but if anyone can talk you into seeing it, it’s the voluble Kevin Hart. Opens Feb. 14

ENDLESS LOVE This deceptively dark but nonetheless fluffy story may not be the tenderest Valentine’s Day romance out there. An overhaul of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 film—the very movie that precipitated the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross soft-pop classic of the same name—in which a pampered rich girl falls for a guy from the other side of the tracks. When daddy digs into the bad boy’s police record, things get gruesome (but not like in a Fear way). Even with a memorable original song and Tom Cruise’s feature-film debut, Zeffirelli’s movie wasn’t smiled upon critically, so temper your expectations accordingly. Opens Feb. 14

WINTER’S TALE An adaptation of the novel by Mark Helprin, this tale of star-crossed lovers promises to be visually stunning. Progressing from a fictionalized Edwardian-style New York City through the 21st century, the plot follows Colin Farrell as a mild-mannered thief who falls in love with an heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay, aka Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey) with a life-threatening illness. People swear by the book, but the movie is tasked with smoothing out a sprawling 748-page epic. Opens Feb. 14

BABE This 1995 children’s classic about a pig who wants to herd sheep, adapted from The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith, offers a delightful Charlotte’s Web-esque slice of country life. Bring the kids. Plays 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Senator Theatre

THE BIG COMBO Police lieutenant Leonard Diamond is determined to bring down crime boss Mr. Brown while trying to discover the fate of the mysterious Alicia, a figure from Brown’s past. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis and shot by prolific cinematographer John Alton, this 1955 gem is often lauded as the paragon of the film noir style, illustrated by Alton’s distinctive low camera angles, a noisy jazz score by David Raskin, and the shadows and lies that drive the movie. Plays at the Charles Theatre 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 9 p.m. Feb. 20

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