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    ½ 12 O’Clock Boys A short, scrappy, ambiguous documentary about the poorer sections of Baltimore and the young men who get their kicks riding dirt bikes through the streets en masse, popping wheelies and dodging the police. Director Lotfy Nathan’s focus on a young wannabe rider named Pug grows increasingly problematic as the film goes on. (75 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

    ½ About Last Night What began as David Mamet’s lacerating 1974 play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and was bowdlerized into the edgy but mainstream Brat Pack semi-classic “About Last Night. . .” (1986) has now become wholly generic, despite the non-novelty of an African-American cast. Kevin Hart is bumptiously funny, but that’s about it. With Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Joy Bryant. (100 min., R) (Ty Burr)

    ½ Endless Love Shana Feste’s strategy in this remake of the 1981 potboiler consists of sleek bliss montages backed with treacly pop music intermittently broken by melodrama. Working-class hunk David and rich and vapid Jade know they are meant for each other, and not even her dad’s snobby neuroses or David’s checkered past will stand in the way of the title illusion. (105 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)


    ½ Like Father, Like Son The skilled sentimentalist Hirokazu Kore-eda puts in a pleasing, subpar effort in this tale of two families, one rich and joyless, the other poor and full of love, who discover that their 6-year-old sons were exchanged at birth. With subtlety and nuance Kore-eda reaffirms the truths that money can’t buy love and you should spend more time with your kids. In Japanese, with subtitles. (121 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

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    Robocop Aside from a few tart observations about current trends in robo-warfare, this remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic is business as usual: an acceptably muscle-bound B-movie whose few fresh plot twists and solid supporting cast (Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman) are drowned out by dull action choreography and a flavorless lead actor (Joel Kinnaman). (118 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

    Winter’s Tale Writer-director Akiva Goldsman takes a meat tenderizer to Mark Helprin’s epic 1983 magical-realist novel, hammering away until all that’s left is romantic-fantasy mush. Colin Farrell plays a heroic burglar in pre-WWI Manhattan, Jessica Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”) is the rich girl he loves, and Russell Crowe is a demonic (no, really) gang leader after Farrell’s soul. (118 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

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