Milan takes a look at movies playing at the box office and what’s new on DVD.
“About Last Night” – Lightly likable and surprisingly faithful remake of the 1986 Brat Pack cult movie starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. A little of motor-mouthed Kevin Hart goes a long way, but the other three leads (Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and especially the lovely Joy Bryant) are perfectly pleasant company. You could do a lot worse for a 2014 Hollywood romantic comedy (B-).
“Winter’s Tale” – Based on Mark Helprin’s doorstop of a best-seller, this stunningly photographed (cinematographer extraordinaire Caleb Deschanel did the honors), splendidly cast adaptation written and directed by Oscar-winning scenarist Akiva Goldsman is just the kind of sweepingly romantic movie-movie they’re not supposed to make anymore. Even though it’s frequently go-for-broke bonkers–a magical white horse, Satan (amusingly portrayed by Will Smith in a glorified cameo) and time travel figure prominently in the convoluted plot–I found it all pretty irresistible. Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Russel Crowe, screen legend Eva Marie Saint, William Hurt and “Downton Abbey” alumnus Jessica Brown-Findlay are all terrific (A-).
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“Afternoon Delight” – After visiting a strip club with her husband to help jazz up their somnambulant marriage, a bored L.A. housewife (“We’re the Millers” scene stealer Kathryn Hahn) impulsively invites a lap dancer (Juno Temple, terrific) to move in as nanny to her 5-year-old son. Tonally deaf and conspicuously lacking in either laughs or pathos, first-time director Jill Soloway’s Sundance Film Festival prize winner at least has some decent actors to help make it borderline watchable (C).