Looper and Hotel Transylvania: One Huge Hit and One Small Chuckle 

Both now playing at Edwards 9 and 22

The producers behind Looper, this weekend’s box-office bonanza action thriller, want you to think that their movie is all about a time-traveling hit man. But be prepared for much more.

Watch the trailer below featuring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis playing the same time jumper. It looks pretty good, hmm? We’re happy to report that it’s even better than advertised.

More than a few other critics I spoke with at the world premiere of Looper at the Toronto International Film Festival said the film was “much better" than they thought and agreed that they were expecting Looper to be “pretty good in the first place.” I heard more than a few comparisons to films like Blade Runner and The Terminator. High praise.

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“Science fiction films are like magic tricks,” uber-star (and part-time Sun Valley resident) Bruce Willis told Boise Weekly and some of the world’s entertainment press on Sept. 6. “So I was surprised that the trick worked in Looper.”

And there are tricks aplenty. Wait for a big, didn't-see-that-one-coming twist in the middle of Looper, which adds another layer to an already superb story. The twist is smart and a bit esoteric, propelling Looper into a modern day action classic. But that’s all I’ll tell you. Just, go see this movie and thank us later.

Boise Weekly also got an opportunity to screen Hotel Transylvania in Toronto, which is this weekend’s other big studio release.

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The fun (but not overly funny) cartoon features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Cee Lo Green, but is more of a concept than a fully realized film. The centerpiece of the story is how a monster’s daughter falls in love with a “normal” human. Memo to screenwriter Don Rhymer: The Munsters called. They would like to talk to you about digging up their original plot from a 1960s graveyard.

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