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Kyla’s Movie Review Give yourself over to ‘Winter’s Tale’

WINTER’S TALE (PG-13) - Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Will Smith and Eva Marie Saint. This is based on the novel by Mark Helprin. In early 20th century New York, Peter Lake (Farrell) is on the run. He’s a thief and a charmer, but he’s had a falling out with his boss Pearly Soames (Crowe), who had treated him like the son he never had. Now Pearly wants him dead, and is willing to go to any lengths to get what he wants. It becomes very evident that Pearly’s powers are a bit beyond the ordinary but then Peter discovers he has access to some unusual forces of his own. One wintry night, Peter breaks into the Manhattan mansion of newspaper publisher Isaac Penn (Hurt). The family has left for their vacation home upstate, but their eldest, Beverly (Findlay), has remained behind. Peter and Beverly fall hopelessly in love and, against all odds; Peter earns Isaac’s respect and admiration. Unfortunately, Peter is caught at the nexus of a supernatural struggle. Soames is a demon masquerading as a gangster, wants to kill Peter before he can fulfill his destiny of initiating a miracle. Meanwhile, to balance things, God has sent Peter a flying white horse who can spirit him away from danger when the need arises. When the movie skips forward in time, some of the characters have changed, but the supernatural struggle remains the same, with Pearly once again attempting to thwart Peter. This is a delicate romantic fantasy that requires that you willingly suspend your disbelief and give yourself over to it. A beautiful love story just in time for Valentine’s weekend. RATING: B-

ABOUT LAST NIGHT (R) - Starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton. This is a remake of the 1986 film with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The central story focuses on couple Danny (Ealy) and Debbie (Bryant), who meet, have a one-night stand, become “friends with benefits,” fall in love, move in together and eventually separate as romantic fatigue sets in. Their tale is interwoven with that of Bernie (Hart) and Joan (Hall), whose combustible sexual interaction forms a counterpoint to Danny and Debbie’s more sedate relationship. These two, who fill the invaluable “sidekick” roles, have most of the best lines. Bernie is able to seamlessly meld original material with new dialogue. By design, Bernie overshadows Danny every time they’re on screen together. All four actors show great chemistry. Their characters’ relationship shows genuine growth and development, but remains low-key and comfortable. RATING: B-