As our year comes to a close, everybody seems to be slowing down. This week’s new releases are definitely no different. There are a few movies being released, labeled as “new editions”, but I believe all of them have been available before. The good news is that starting next week new releases are back in full swing, including several classic films appearing on Blu-ray.
The significant releases this week are:
December 31, 2012
- “Looper” (2012): Earlier this fall, most movie lovers were surprised by both the critical and commercial success of this sci-fi adventure film. Directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick”) and featuring a brilliant cast including Joseph Godon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano, “Looper” is one of this years most entertaining movies. This movie is more enjoyable if you haven’t already heard about the plot, so I won’t even begin to explain what is happening in the film, but trust me when I say that even though it may seem complex, it will be a film you continue to talk about. “Looper” is also currently in the running to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The competition is tough, and “Looper” could end up falling just short, but there is no denying what a great job Rian Johnson did with his script.
January 1, 2013
- “Cosmopolis” (2012): On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, “Cosmopolis” is a drama film that has received mostly negative reviews, and was a complete financial failure. Directed by David Cronenberg (“The Fly”, “A History Of Violence”) and starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel, “Cosmopolis” is about a billionaire whose life begins to fall apart and instead of trying to better things, he throws himself into a downward spiral that will only make matters worse. The general consensus on this film is that most people will feel uneasy or awkward throughout the film, leaving them with a bad taste once it ends. The viewers who like the film are already fans of Cronenberg throughout his career, and they go into the film with an understanding for what they are about to see. I have heard that it is nice to see Robert Pattinson finally doing some real acting for a change.