New in Theaters: 'Hotel Transylvania', 'Looper', 'Won't Back Down'

Posted 8:55 PM September 27th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

In Hotel Transylvania, Sony Animation's latest feature, Dracula has built a hotel for monsters so they can have a safe haven from the dangers of the human world.

You see, his wife was killed by a human mob way back when, and he swore he won't let any harm come to his daughter. He'll keep his daughter in the hotel and prevent her from having any contact with the humans by any means necessary. Of course, being the teenager that she is (even though she's over a hundred years old), she's curious about what lies beyond the hotel walls.

A human boy manages to find his way to the hotel, and you probably know what happens next.

Hotel Transylvania may not have the most original storyline, but as children entertainment, it serves its purpose, critics say. Adults may be checking their watches though. The movie has a Tomatometer of 47% at Rotten Tomatoes and is projected to make $23-$26 million this weekend.

It may not look it, but Looper is an intelligent thriller that will satisfy even the action junkies.

The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a mob hitman who was planted in the past to make his job all the more easier. All he has to do is to go to an assigned place at the assigned time and whoever his boss wants to kill will be sent back in time to that location. He just pulls the trigger when that happens and his job is done.

However, the latest target is his older self (played by Bruce Willis), and that's going to be a problem.

For a genre movie like this, Looper is extremely well-reviewed, with a Tomatometer of 92%, but it is only projected to make $16-$23 million this weekend.

Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, Won't Back Down is one of the those message movies that is willing to over-simplify a complex issue to push its agenda across, but at the expense of believability.

Gyllenhaal's Jamie Fitzpatrick is a single mom who wants her daughter to get a good education, but standing in the way of that are bad teachers and the union protecting them. She teams with Davis' Nona Alberts, a teacher who wants to reform the system, to fight the teachers union for control of the school and won.

Despite terrific acting by the two leads, Won't Back Down has a Tomatometer of 30% and is projected to make about $5 million this weekend.

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