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Looper (Cert 15, 113 mins) Entertainment One, Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99/Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray PS25.99 JOE (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an assassin, or 'looper', who guns down hooded targets that have been sent back in time by his mob bosses in 2044 Kansas. Silver bars are strapped to the back of each target - payment for the pull of a trigger - and once Joe has incinerated the lifeless body, he stashes his spoils in the hidden floor-space of his swanky apartment. Like all loopers, Joe knows his life expectancy is finite and one day he will "close the loop" by gunning down his future self. When the time comes for Joe to kill Future Joe (Bruce Willis), he hesitates, allowing his older incarnation to escape. The race between hunter and hunted leads to a remote farmhouse, where mother Sara (Emily Blunt) and her son Cid (Pierce Gagnon) reside far from prying eyes.

Looper is an ingeniously plotted thriller that exploits the gaping plot holes afforded by time travel. Writer-director Rian Johnson's script demands constant vigilance to keep track of alternate, intersecting plot threads. It's all meticulously planned and stylishly executed. Rating: **** ParaNorman (Cert PG, 88 mins) Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd, Animation/Family/Comedy/ Horror/Romance, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray & DVD Combi-pack PS22.99/3D Blu-ray & DVD Combi-pack PS24.99 PERRY (voiced by Jeff Garlin) and Sandra (Leslie Mann) live in Blithe Hollow with their daughter Courtney (Anna Kendrick) and son Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who can see and communicate with the dearly departed. They are stunned when deranged Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) pays a surprise visit. "The witch's curse is real and you're the only one who can stop it," Prenderghast instructs Norman, who discovers he has inherited his supernatural abilities from his dotty relative. Soon after, the seven people who sent witch Aggie (Jodelle Ferland) to her doom back in 1712 rise from the grave and run amok. Sheriff Hooper (Tempestt Bledsoe) struggles to maintain calm so Norman joins forces with classmate Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), his buff older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck) and school bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to break the curse.

Rating: **** Resident Evil: Retribution (Cert 15, 91 mins) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Action/Sci-Fi/Horror/Thriller, also available to buy DVD PS19.99/Blu-ray PS24.99 ALICE (Milla Jovovich) continues her battle against the shadowy Umbrella Corporation in the fifth instalment of the horror franchise. At the conclusion of Resident Evil: Afterlife, Alice found herself on a ship, repelling hordes of heavily armed Umbrella soldiers. The vessel explodes and Alice plummets into the icy waters below, waking some time later as a prisoner in a subterranean Umbrella facility. Ada Wong (Bingbing Li), the right-hand woman of Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), helps Alice to escape her confinement and it transpires that the artificial intelligence known as the Red Queen has usurped Wesker as head honcho of the corporation and is already amassing forces to eradicate mankind.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2013
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