Starring (voices): Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg,
Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade,
Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon & Jon Lovitz
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky for distribution by Sony
The Plot: A human teenager mistakenly stumbles into a hotel catering to monsters and promptly falls for the daughter of the proprietor.
The Final Word: With Halloween just a few weeks away, releasing “Transylvania” now is a smart move. The summer rush is over and the fall tentpoles have yet to start rolling into theaters. Packed with an all-star ensemble of celebrity voices including Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, the 3D animated picture is on track to break the $25 million mark at the box office; no matter what the critics may say.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt,
Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo & Jeff Daniels
Directed by Rian Johnson for distribution by Tri Star (Sony)
The Plot: In a world where time travel exists, the mob sends enemies to the past to be handled by a “looper,” but when they decide to close the loop, the “looper” finds his future self his latest target.
The Final Word: All in all, “Looper” has everything to gain and very little to lose. It looks like a smart thriller which audiences appreciate and in turn will show up to support. It also doesn’t hurt that Gordon-Levitt is one of the year’s most bankable stars.
WON’T BACK DOWN
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Holly Hunter,
Rosie Perez, Lance Reddick & Emily Alyn Lind
Directed by Daniel Barnz for distribution by 20th Century FOX
The Plot: Two mothers fed up with the public school system wage a war against mediocrity in the name of their kids.
The Final Word: Based on actual events, the drama finds Oscar nominees Gyllenhaal and Davis teaming with Oscar winner Hunter for what figures to be a hot button issue based film. The question though is if audiences will show up as they don’t like films that preach and despite the positive message, that could be the case here.