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Looper (2012, Sony, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36)
In 2074, time travel is invented, but then outlawed. Crime syndicates use it to get rid of people by sending victims 30 years into the past where loopers - assassins paid with silver bars strapped to their targets - await to finish them off. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is making a killing at it, but things get complicated when the mob sends a future version of himself (Bruce Willis) back to be exterminated.
USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says ***½ out of four: "Looper's heady blend of time travel, gritty action and a jot of romance is such a thrilling and cerebral mind-bender that it will likely have moviegoers gathering outside the theater afterward to hash out details of its intricately constructed universe."
Cosmopolis (2012, E1 Entertainment, R, $25; Blu-ray, $30)
David Cronenberg directs this tale of 28-year-old billionaire financial genius Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), who spends the day making his way through Manhattan in his stretch limosine to get to his favorite barber. He conducts his business and his life from the car - seeing his doctor, having sex, speculating with his fortune. His life may never be the same by the end of his ride. Puig: *½ stars out of four
(2012, Millennium Films, R, $15; Blu-ray, $21)
Fifteen-year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and BFF Alison (Kay Panabaker) long for more from life in their rundown trailer park on the beaches of the Salton Sea. Lily and Alison meet three street kids, and Lily cajoles Alison into following them to Los Angeles, where they find excitement and more trouble than they bargained for. They are forced to decide if that kind of life is really what they want.
The Trouble With Bliss (2012, Variance Films, PG-13, $15)
Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall) is 35, unemployed and stuck living with his widowed father (Peter Fonda). But despite his deadbeat status, women seem to love him, and he unwittingly has a fling with the 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of an old classmate, and is vigorously pursued by a married neighbor (Lucy Liu). He seems destined to go nowhere, but maybe his luck will change.