Opening world wide this Friday, Cloud Atlas has been one of the most hotly debated and highly anticipated films of 2012. The book readers claimed was “unfilmable,” Cloud Atlas tells six stories in different time periods, from the far past to the even farther future. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant and Susan Surrandon in multiple character from the different periods, and directed by the Wachowski siblings, Andy and Lana, as well as Tom Tykwer, this film goes beyond anything done on screen before. Watch the extended five minute trailer below to see for yourself.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” has been on many critics’ list of potential Oscar winners, but after having seen it, I don’t feel the same way. The film tells the story of Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix, a man looking to find himself after World War II. He falls under the wing of Lancaster Dodd, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and becomes an important subject in Dodd’s quest to create a new religion. Amy Adams also appears as Dodd’s wife who fully supports her husband’s ambitions. Watch the trailer and read my review after the jump.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a busy movie year but Looper may his most original. This science fiction thriller from Rian Johnson fits right in with Inception and Avatar as original films that bend the genre. It goes like this. Time travel is illegal in 2074, so mobs use it to get rid of their enemies. Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a Looper, who kills those sent back to 2044 and gets rid of the bodies. That is until his future self, played by Bruce Willis, appears and escapes, causing Joe to chase himself through Kansas. What ensues is a story unlike any you have ever seen where there are no heroes, just killers. And a cute little kid. Watch the trailer and read my review after the jump.
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