The ’80s called — they want their movies back

Joel Kinnaman stars in Columbia Pictures' "Robocop." (Photo credit: Kerry Hayes/Columbia Pictures/MCT)

Joel Kinnaman stars in Columbia Pictures’ “Robocop.” (Photo credit: Kerry Hayes/Columbia Pictures/MCT)

By Steven Rea
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Moviegoers of a certain age may be experiencing a weird déjà vu moment right about now, as the lineup of studio releases opening this week looks eerily familiar.

On Wednesday, “RoboCop,” starring Joel Kinnaman as the Detroit police officer with the cyborgian makeover, hits screens. The original “RoboCop,” with Peter Weller in the title role, opened in 1987.

And on Friday, there’s “About Last Night,” which finds its all-black cast — Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant — treading where Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins went before. In 1986.

Friday is also the day a retooled “Endless Love” rolls out. Gabriella Wilde is the daughter who falls for the handsome lad played by Alex Pettyfer — much to the consternation of her stern dad (Bruce Greenwood). Back in 1981, it was Brooke Shields who was head-over-heels for Martin Hewitt, much to the disapproval of her pop (Don Murray). Franco Zeffirelli directed that one. Shana Feste (in the guilty pleasure Country Strong) is responsible for the redo.

Um, like Dan O’Herlihy’s Old Man said in that first “RoboCop,” “Maybe what we need here is a fresh perspective.”

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