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Weekend Preview: 'Looper' & 'Pitch Perfect' Deliver

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 27, 2012 at 6:35PM

There could be two home runs at the box office this weekend, as both "Looper" and "Pitch Perfect" score highly with critics. "Looper" delivers the sci-fi thrills and "Pitch Perfect" is both ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable. There's also a handful of documentaries, plus "Won't Back Down," "Headshot" and "Hotel Transylvania" arriving in theaters. Check out details, reviews and trailers below:
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'Pitch Perfect'
'Pitch Perfect'

There could be two home runs at the box office this weekend, as both "Looper" and "Pitch Perfect" score highly with critics. "Looper" delivers the sci-fi thrills and "Pitch Perfect" is both ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable. There's also a handful of documentaries, plus "Won't Back Down," "Headshot" and "Hotel Transylvania" arriving in theaters. Check out details, reviews and trailers below:

"Looper" TriStar, US | DIR: Rian Johnson CAST: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano | Critical Consensus on "Looper" | 91% Fresh | Time: "A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there." | TOH Interviews Blunt | TOH Review.

"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel" Samuel Goldwyn Films, US | DIR: Lisa Immordino Vreeland | 90% Fresh | Time: "Demonstrates that an almost hypnotic fabulousness can still emanate from the late great fashion editor, even via fuzzy old videotape viewed 23 years after her death." | Interview with Women and Hollywood.

"The Waiting Room" IFC, US | DIR: Peter Nicks | 86% Fresh | AV Club: "Among its many other distinctions, The Waiting Room stands as a powerful refutation of Romney's conception of emergency rooms as a reasonable, or even vaguely acceptable, option for the uninsured." | Anne Thompson interview with Nicks.

"The Iran Job" Paladin, US/IR | DIR: Till Schauder | ThePlaylist Interview & Review | 80% Fresh.

"Pitch Perfect" Universal, US | DIR: Jason Moore CAST: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson | 77% Fresh | AP: "It's ridiculous and predictable but also just a ton of fun, so you may as well give up and give in to your inner musical theater geek."

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"Headshot" Kino Lorber TH/FR | DIR: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang CAST: Nopachai Jayanama, Celine Horwang, Chanokporn Sayoungkul, Apisit Opasaimlikit, Krerkkiat Punpiputt | 63% Fresh | Slant: "This 'Buddhist film noir,' as writer-director Pen-ek Ratanaruang calls it, is surprisingly slow-moving and soulful for a film full of double-crosses and cold-blooded killing."

"Hotel Transylvania" Columbia, US | DIR: Genndy Tartakovsky CAST (voice): Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James | 46% Fresh | AV Club: "A story about the difficult balance between protecting loved ones and controlling them is discarded so the cast can monomaniacally pursue a trite cliché summed up with a silly noise." | Immersed in Movies.

"Won't Back Down" Twentieth C. Fox, US | DIR: Daniel Barnz CAST: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez | 36% Rotten | Variety: "Grossly oversimplifying the issue at hand, writer-director Daniel Barnz's disingenuous pot-stirrer plays to audiences' emotions rather than their intelligence."

"The Other Dream Team" Film Arcade, US/LITH | DIR: Marius Markevicius | THR: "Triumph on the basketball court catalyzes national identity for Lithuania in this historical/magical masterwork."

TRAILERS BELOW.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.