Out in cinemas this week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as two sides of an assassination time loop; plus Dracula--as a hotelier?
Yes, Bruce Willis is in everything these days, but there's no way you can bypass Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a thoughtful sci-fi action movie. From writer-director Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom), who directed JGL so brilliantly in Brick.
The story: In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by transporting back Joe's future self.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe), Bruce Willis (Old Joe), Emily Blunt (Sara), Paul Dano (Seth), Noah Segan (Kid Blue), Piper Perabo (Suzie), Jeff Daniels (Abe), Pierce Gagnon (Cid), Summer Qing (Old Joe's Wife), Tracie Thoms (Beatrix), Frank Brennan (Old Seth), Garret Dillahunt (Jesse), Nick Gomez (Dale), Marcus Hester (Zach).
Directed by: Rian Johnson.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
The director's background is in action-oriented TV amimation, everything from Star Wars: The Clone Wars to The Powerpuff Girls; the screenplay is from two distinctive comedy writers (Arthur, Bruno and TV Funhouse, respectively).
The story: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.
Starring: Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Jonathan), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin), CeeLo Green (Murray), Jon Lovitz (Quasimodo), Brian George (Suit of Armor), Luenell (Shrunken Heads), Brian Stack (Pilot), Chris Parnell (Fly), Jackie Sandler (Martha).
Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky.