Weekend Movie Preview: September 28, 2012

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For those who have been anticipating with bated breath the arrival of Rian Johnson’s Looper, the day has finally arrived. The mind-bending time travel thriller stars Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same character in a thrill ride that should land atop the box office come Monday morning.

But, the film could get a solid challenge from Adam Sandler getting animated as Dracula in Hotel Transylvania and an Oscar-worthy film, Won’t Back Down, based on a true story. Some markets are even getting an early release of the smashing Pitch Perfect. What will you see? Hopefully we can help…

Looper: By now, most audiences know all about this film and its wildly original premise. Gordon Levitt is a hit man and Willis is him as an older man, and when Willis goes back in time, all hell breaks loose. Solid performances abound, especially from Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels, as we stated in our Looper review. This is the film Movie Fanatic could not recommend more you see on the big screen!

Hotel Transylvania: A charming, but solely for family audiences, imagining of what life would be like at a hotel solely catered to our imagination’s greatest monsters. Sandler kills it as Dracula, who is more over-protective father than menacing beast. Selena Gomez shines in one of her first voice-acting roles as Mavis, Dracula’s daughter. For more on this animated treat, check out our Hotel Transylvania review.

Won’t Back Down: Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal deserve serious Oscar consideration for their portrayal of a teacher and a parent, respectively, who rise up to challenge a system and make their school better. The film hits all the right emotional notes, but as we state in our Won’t Back Down review, it hits one sour chord... but it is minor.

Pitch Perfect: Select markets across the country are getting an early opening for the a cappella-themed film that follows Anna Kendrick as she joins a collegiate all-girl singing group called The Bellas. The film is hysterical and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Our Pitch Perfect review goes further, for those of you lucky enough to catch the film this weekend.

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