A Theater Near You: 'RoboCop' remake not beat-for-beat; worth checking out

Published on Thursday, 13 February 2014 23:09 - Written by Stewart Smith ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Here’s what’s hitting the silver screen this weekend.

 

“RoboCop”

What’s it about? Det. Alex Murphy (Joel Kinneman) is reborn as a robot cop after a near-fatal injury. Will he retain what’s left of his humanity or will he succumb to the system that keeps him alive?

Will it be good? I got a chance to see this early and while it in no way comes close to being the classic that Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original is, it handles itself fairly well, largely because it doesn’t try to be a beat-for-beat remake. It goes its own way, though it doesn’t quite hit the heights it aspires to. Still worth checking out, though.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material.

 

“Winter’s Tale”

What’s it about? A burglar sets out to save his dead lover’s life when he discovers he has the power of reincarnation.

Will it be good? Man, I have no idea. That plot description sounds just nutty enough to be interesting, but I have a strong feeling it’ll end up being more sappy than anything else. I love Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly more than most but this just looks cloying and emotionally manipulative.

Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality.

 

“About Last Night”

What’s it about? Two couples must see if their relationships can evolve into something meaningful in the real world and not just flings that last from the bar to the bedroom.

Will it be good? I enjoy Kevin Hart as a stand-up comedian, but I generally find him annoying in his film roles, even though he’s been in a bunch of them lately. Judging by the previews, “About Last Night” likely won’t change my opinion.

Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use.