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Movies: March 7, 2014

Capsule reviews of ”About Last Night,” ”Endless Love,” and more

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About Last Night
R, 1 Hr., 36 Mins.
More slapdash than the ’80s version, and livelier, too. The film is about two couples, one nice (Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) and one nasty (Kevin Hart and Regina Hall), and it nails how relationships can and will get in their own way. BOwen Gleiberman

The Bag Man
R, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
A third-rate Blood Simple wannabe starring John Cusack as a cursed tough guy tasked with retrieving a mysterious satchel and outsmarting a menagerie of deadly oddballs. The only one having any fun in this dead-on-arrival noir is Robert De Niro as the film’s sadistic pompadoured puppet master. CChris Nashawaty

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 21 Mins.
In this feisty portrait of the musical-theater legend, Stritch, now in her late 80s, wears her spiked cynicism like a cutting form of grace, and everyone around her (including those in her audience) is healed by it. The film is about how she juggles her energy and anxiety, stops drinking, and turns her 2013 one-woman Sondheim show into pure, unvarnished cabaret psychodrama. (Also available on VOD) A-Owen Gleiberman

Endless Love
PG-13, 1 Hr., 45 Mins.
Jade (Gabriella Wilde) is a high school grad who falls in love with David (Alex Pettyfer), marking the end of Daddy’s control over her, even if Daddy won’t let go. Pettyfer knows how to be cool and smolder at the same time. BOwen Gleiberman

In Secret
R, 1 Hr., 47 Mins.
Elizabeth Olsen plays a sexually repressed 19th-century wife who falls for a Parisian charmer (Oscar Isaac) and plots to murder her drip of a husband (Tom Felton). You can bet mother-in-law Jessica Lange won’t let her get away with it. B Chris Nashawaty

Kids for Cash
PG-13, 1 Hr., 42 Mins.
Robert May’s harrowing documentary recounts a disgraceful scandal involving a tough-talking Pennsylvania judge who allegedly took kickbacks for sentencing kids to Dickensian juvenile-detention centers. In the end justice is served, but the teens interviewed in the film will never get their lost childhoods back. A-Chris Nashawaty

The LEGO Movie
PG, 1 Hr., 41 Mins.
Fast, funny, original, and conceptually audacious, this is the first animated feature in ages that never stops surprising you. AOwen Gleiberman

The Lunchbox
PG, 1 Hr., 44 Mins
A teasingly restrained piece of sentimental food porn. The great Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has a pensive sadness as Saajan, a solitary accountant who’s about to retire. When he mistakenly receives the lunchbox a housewife (Nimrat Kaur) has packed for her husband, he responds to her tasty cooking more than the husband ever did, and she begins to ship him meals — and letters. It’s neorealist corn, but it gets to you. BOwen Gleiberman

The Monuments Men
PG-13, 1 Hr., 59 Mins.
Director George Clooney tells the true story of a team of art historians sent behind enemy lines during World War II to recover art pilfered by the Nazis. The film, unfortunately, is a bunch of wispy anecdotal scenes that go nowhere. C-Owen Gleiberman

Omar
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 38 Mins.
Hany Abu-Assad’s Best Foreign Language Film nominee from Palestine is part Romeo-and-Juliet love story and part twisty chess-pawn thriller about a young West Bank man on the run. A-Chris Nashawaty

RoboCop
PG-13, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
Why do a remake that’s only half as good as the original? There is plenty of energized mayhem, but it’s as if the comic-book action poetry of the original has been encased in a suit of generic armor. B-Owen Gleiberman