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Matt Damon stars in 'The Monuments Men,' still showing in local theaters.
Matt Damon stars in 'The Monuments Men,' still showing in local theaters.
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ABOUT LAST NIGHT — Kevin Hart brings his “A” game while paired up with Regina Hall, who gives as good as she gets, in the raunchy romantic African-American remake of the 1986 Rob Lowe/Demi Moore romance based on David Mamet’s play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.” 100 mins. R for sexual content, language and brief drug use. ♦ ♦ ♦


AMERICAN HUSTLE — David O. Russell’s caper comedy is built around the 1970s ABSCAM scandal, a wide-ranging FBI sting operation from the golden age of such stings. 138 mins. R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2


ENDLESS LOVE — Kids, this is not your parents’ “Endless Love.” Scott Spencer’s novel of a romantic obsession so strong that it flirts with mental illness has had its sharp edges rubbed off, its dramatic weight lifted and its focus shifted. The kids here come off as perfectly reasonable; the adults are the problem — but even their efforts to separate the lovebirds are watered down. 100 mins. PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying. ♦ ♦


FROZEN — Instead of the bygone damsels in distress, the female royals of Disney’s latest animated wonder are feisty, forward and independent. Inspired by the 19th-century fairytale “The Snow Queen,” by Hans Christian Andersen. 108 mins. PG for some action and mild rude humor. ♦ ♦ 1/2


KIDS FOR CA$H — The locally based story, documentary-style, of thousands of youths whose lives were derailed by two corrupt Pennsylvania judges, a post-Columbine fervor for zero-tolerance policies and a secretive juvenile court system. 102 mins. PG-13. ♦ ♦ 1/2


LEGO MOVIE 3D — A building-block box-office buster to the tune of nearly $70 million, this debut was second only to Jesus. Only “The Passion of the Christ” surpassed it. The bricks may be plastic, but the movie is not. It’s witty and unexpected, building the laughs brick by brick. Despite product placement galore, there is something refreshingly genuine about this movie and its message about believing in yourself and nurturing your creativity. 100 mins. PG for mild action and rude humor. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


LONE SURVIVOR — Some stories are best brought to screen as simply and purely as possible. This is especially true with Peter Berg’s expertly rendered account of a disastrous 2005 military operation in Afghanistan. 121 mins. R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language. ♦ ♦ ♦


THE MONUMENTS MEN —This is a roughly true/fictionally embellished account of the efforts of American arts scholars — drafted into the Army — to preserve the artistic patrimony of Europe from the scourge of combat and theft by the Germans. It’s a cute but clunky ensemble piece. 115 mins. PG-13 for images of war violence and historical smoking. ♦ ♦ 1/2


THE NUT JOB — A surprisingly simple, funny and often cute slapstick comedy about a squirrel planning a nut heist so that he’ll have enough food to last through winter. 85 mins. PG for mild action and rude humor. ♦ ♦ 1/2


PHILOMENA — Based on the 2009 investigative book “The Lost Son of Philomena Lee,” by Martin Sixsmith, about an Irish woman who, as a teenager, became pregnant during a fairground tryst. She was sent to a convent, where she endured a painful birth, then was forced to work in the laundry with other “fallen women” for years in virtual imprisonment. 98 mins. PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references. ♦ ♦ ♦


RIDE ALONG — Joining the ranks of odd-couple police comedies, this delivers laughs over action, with loudmouthed funnyman Kevin Hart driving the hilarity. 100 mins. PG-13 for violence, sexual content and brief strong language. ♦ ♦ 1/2


ROBOCOP —Jose Padilha has updated the dystopia with some clever ideas and better acting while sanitizing any satire with video-game polish and sequel baiting. The smartest addition comes early, shifting the story to Tehran, where the global company OmniCorp has drones stopping and frisking in the streets. We’re introduced to this by talk-show host Pat Novak (Sam Jackson), who appears throughout the film, brazenly promoting Pentagon propaganda, trying to convince what he calls a bizarrely “robot-phobic” American public that OmniCorp drones can make the U.S. safer, too. 118 mins. PG-13 for intense action including frenetic gun violence, brief strong language, sensuality and drug material. ♦ ♦ 1/2


THAT AWKWARD MOMENT — A chatty romantic comedy in the modern mode — rude, nude and crude — with some funny, writerly riffs on relationships and how to avoid them. 94 mins. R for sexual content and language throughout. ♦ ♦


WINTER’S TALE — Mark Helprin’s 30-year-old fantasy novel saunters onto the screen as a lovely but slow and emotionally austere experience, a romantic weeper that shortchanges the romance and the tears. Colin Farrell stars as Peter, an orphan and a thief who grows up to be a second-story man, which is how he meets the beautiful but sickly Beverly (Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey”). She’s dying of consumption; he’s smitten. 118 mins. PG-13 for violence and some sensuality. ♦ ♦


THE WOLF OF WALL STREET — Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort in a Martin Scorsese movie dripping with adrenaline. 180 mins. R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, language and violence. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


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