By Marty Mulrooney
Looper is a science fiction film written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick). It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe Simmons, a ‘looper’ living in Kansas in the year 2044. Loopers are assassins who kill targets sent back in time by criminal organisations from the future, where time travel was invented and then immediately outlawed. Bruce Willis co-stars as Joe’s older self in a mind-bending time travel plot that thoroughly exceeds expectations.
By Marty Mulrooney
The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final instalment of director Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman film trilogy, following on from Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). Christian Bale once again reprises his role as Batman, this time opposite Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, a terrorist hell-bent on destroying Gotham City. Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman also return, alongside newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway.
By Adele MacGregor
Inspired by a true story, 50/50 follows the painful journey of a 27 year old man who discovers he has a rare form of cancer, leaving him with a 50/50 chance of recovery. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) plays Adam, a good law abiding citizen working at a Seattle radio station with his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogan, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin), living an ordinary existence until a doctor’s appointment turns his whole life upside down. Almost overnight Adam’s life becomes consumed by the alien world of hospital appointments, chemo and therapy sessions.
By Joseph Viney
Once every so often a film hits cinemas and changes the landscape forever. Whether it is through the use of special effects, star power, scripting or acting, some films are immediately lifted to the pantheon of greats and set a new precedent. The Matrix set the tone for post-millennial Hollywood with its dizzying mix of computer graphics, story and mythology building – at least until those two awful sequels surfaced. This past year may have witnessed two such landmark events. December 2009 saw the release of Avatar, the special effects spectacle that broke box-office records. Summer 2010 has Inception.