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1. Taken 2 (20th Century Fox)

2. End of Watch (Universal)

3. Looper (Sony)

4. House at the End of the Street (Relativity)

5. Ted (Universal)

6. Frankenweenie (Disney)

7. The Bourne Legacy (Universal)

8. Pitch Perfect (Universal)

9. Dredd (Lionsgate)

10. Hotel Transylvania (Sony)

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1. End of Watch (Universal)

2. Taken 2 (20th Century Fox)

3. House at the End of the Street (Relativity)

4. Frankenweenie (Disney)

5. Looper (Sony)

6. Death Race 3: Inferno (Universal)

7. The Paperboy (Millennium)

8. Hit and Run (Universal)

9. The Bourne Legacy (Universal)

10. Dredd (Lionsgate)

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1. Taken 2 (20th Century Fox)

2. Looper (Sony)

3. The Possession (Lionsgate)

4. Frankenweenie (Disney)

5. Hit and Run (Universal)

6. House at the End of the Street (Relativity)

7. Ted (Universal)

8. Dredd (Lionsgate)

9. The Bourne Legacy (Universal)

10. Pitch Perfect (Universal)

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1. Looper (Sony)

2. Ted (Universal)

3. House at the End of the Street (Relativity)

4. Hit and Run (Universal)

5. Frankenweenie (Disney)

6. Dredd (Lionsgate)

7. Pitch Perfect (Universal)

8. The Bourne Legacy (Universal)

9. Resident Evil: Retribution (Sony)

10. The Words (Sony)

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1. Looper (Sony)

2. Ted (Universal)

3. The Bourne Legacy (Universal)

4. Pitch Perfect (Universal)

5. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Disney)

6. Total Recall (Sony)

7. Ice Age: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox)

8. Trouble With the Curve (Warner)

9. Savages (Universal)

10. Resident Evil: Retribution (Sony)

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If you missed this one in theaters, you missed one of the year’s best big-screen experiences. Director Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller is startlingly good-looking film.

It’s also a great brain-twister, featuring a bravura performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe, a hired assassin killing people sent back from the future the instant they pop up in front of him. Things get a little kooky when the person sent back to be offed is actually an older version of himself (a strong Bruce Willis).

Gordon-Levitt wears makeup to achieve a look more akin to Willis, but it’s the smirk and airy voice that really nail it down. Gordon-Levitt had a blockbuster year with this and The Dark Knight Rises, with this being the best screen work he has done to date.

A supporting cast including Paul Dano, Noah Segan and Jeff Daniels is top-notch. Dano is especially good as a fellow assassin (or “looper”) who loses his nerve at the wrong time—and pays a grisly price.

In a role that isn’t getting the notice it deserves (although she has gotten a nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics Association), Emily Blunt takes a break from funny stuff to deliver stellar work as a mom protecting a strange son (played by talented child actor Pierce Gagnon). Blunt holds her own with Gordon-Levitt, matching him at every turn.

Willis gets a chance to do some seedy stuff as his character goes on an unfortunate crusade. He does a good job of making his version of Joe a sympathetic character, even as he does unspeakable things.

As time-travel movies go, this is one of the best. The moment when future Joe sits down in a diner with present Joe is a real winner. (The universe does not end, as Doc Brown predicted would happen in Back to the Future Part II.) If you missed this on the big screen, don’t fret: The Blu-ray will look mighty good in your living room.

Let it be noted that this movie cost $30 million to make, according to IMDb.com. That’s a pretty low budget considering the look Johnson has achieved. It seems like the movie would’ve cost five times that amount, at least.

Special Features: A great commentary with the director, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt. It’s actually one of the year’s better commentaries, a truly fun listen. You also get deleted scenes, a couple of featurettes on the making of the film, and a short doc about the film’s score. 

 

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