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Movies opening this weekend - Feb. 14
Article published on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
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Gabriella Wilde stars as Jade and Alex Pettyfer as David in "Endless Love," the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
RoboCop reboot hits big screen; Winter's Tale stars Farrell, Findlay. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Endless Love
Genre: Drama and romance
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson
Director: Shana Feste
Rated: PG-13

There is nothing more overpowering, reckless and all-consuming than the rush that accompanies first love ... in all of its intensity and obsession, possibility and promise.

It is a timeless theme in modern storytelling, dating back to Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, but one that remains urgently current because it serves as a rite of passage for everyone in every generation.

"Endless Love" stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in the story of Jade Butterfield and David Elliot, a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Although separated by class boundaries, their gravitational pull is undeniable and unstoppable.

During the months following their high school graduation, Jade, a sheltered young woman with a limitless future, becomes enthralled with David, a working-class boy with a troubled past who in turn falls head over heels for her. Their romance collides with Jade's controlling father's attempts to steer her clear of David, while her mother encourages the relationship to thrive and his father advises clear-eyed caution. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, two young lovers will defy logic and allow their all-consuming passion to determine their future together.

RoboCop
Genre: Action, adventure, science fiction and thriller
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle and Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Director: Jose Padiha
Rated: PG-13

In "RoboCop," the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology.

Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine.

Winter's Tale
Genre: Drama
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Rated: PG-13

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, "Winter's Tale" is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.

Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). But their love is star-crossed: She burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down - winner take all and loser be damned.

What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one.

About Last Night
Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton
Director: Steve Pink
Rated: R

A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Adult World
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Emma Roberts, John Cusack, Evan Peters, Shannon Woodward and Cloris Leachman
Director: Scott Coffey
Not rated

"Adult World" is a satirical comedy about an eccentric young woman, Amy Anderson (Emma Roberts), who has just come out of university, convinced she's going to be a famous poet.

Saddled with debt and unemployed she moves back in with her parents who force her to get a job. Desperate and armed with a poetry degree and not much else she takes the only job she can find, working in an adult book store called Adult World.

Meanwhile, desperate to get her poems published, Amy stalks an aging punk poet figure named Rat Billings (John Cusack), "one of the greatest poets of the early '90s." Rat reluctantly agrees to mentor her. As Amy makes new friends, including a drag queen named Rubia, the elderly couple who own Adult World, and Alex, the charming and quirky young manager, she learns that she might not be the voice of her generation after all.

Date and Switch
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope, Dakota Johnson, Sarah Hyland, Nick Offerman, Gary Cole, Megan Mullally and Wendi McLendon-Covey
Director: Chris Nelson
Rated: R

High school seniors Michael and Matty have been best friends since third grade.

Still virgins, they make a pact to help each other "score" before senior prom - but their mission suddenly takes an unexpected turn when Matty announces that he's gay.

Jimmy P.
Genre: Drama
Cast: Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Not rated

"Jimmy P" stars Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in a true story about two very different men who build a unique and powerful bond through psychotherapy.

A WWII vet plagued by excruciating headaches, dizzy spells, hearing loss and bizarre dreams, Jimmy Picard (Del Toro), a Native American Blackfoot, is labeled schizophrenic by a military hospital confused by his condition. Enter French anthropologist and Native American researcher Georges Devereux (Amalric), called in by the hospital to make sense of their baffling patient. Through increasingly vivid conversation, Picard and Devereux develop a compelling friendship as they embark on an exploration of Jimmy's memories and dreams, an experiment they conduct like a couple of detectives in this intelligent and extraordinarily moving film from Arnaud Desplechin.
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