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Looper

Looper 

Looper (2012) starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Noah Segan, Paul Dano, Pierce Gagnon

Director: Rian Johnson

Directed with clarity, the sci-fi drama, Looper, takes us forward and backward in time without undue confusion. One of the joys of this story is having a single remarkable character portrayed by two remarkable actors in the same film. Gordon-Levitt, even with face altering makeup, does a compelling version of the character, Joe, including the way he mimics many of Bruce Willis’ mannerisms. Willis, as Older Joe, gives us a juicy dose of, well … Bruce Willis! No complaints here.

Organized crime in the future is able to assassinate a person and send them back in time to be executed. Their remains are destroyed in the past, thereby eliminating their existence and any evidence in the future. Assassins are paid handsomely for each and retire wealthy. However, complications arise with a few assassins in the loop.

Emily Blunt is convincing and has great screen presence as usual. Jeff Daniels gets down with his bad self as a mob boss. Child actor Pierce Gagnon is a standout too. Some kids just have it.

Power struggles, romance, intricate story, and big drama combine in a top-notch production. It all works beautifully. The music greatly enhances too.

My grade: A

Robert Reoch

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50/50

50/50

50/50 (2011) Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston

Director: Jonathan Levine

50/50 is a cancer movie. It’s a character study, well-acted and intelligent. Most of these films are very similar, but what separates this one is that it turns out the way you might hope it would. That’s not to say nobody dies, or is it? There’s more to it than that. Worthy entertainment. Seth Rogen, in a dramatic role, does well, as did the rest of the seasoned cast—as was expected.

My grade: B+

Robert Reoch

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