Lay the Favorite (2012)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Joshua Jackson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon Directed by: Stephen Frears R. 94 mins A forgettable gambling romp that bounces along at a consistently unfunny pace. The story begins as the beautiful and naive Beth (Rebecca Hall) quits her job as a dancer at a Florida strip club in…

Looper (2012)

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano Directed by: Rian Johnson R. 118 mins A clever and skillfully-crafted work of science fiction that proves the talented cast and crew are here to stay. In Looper, Johnson has created a world in which time-travel exists, albeit illegally, and run by…

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban Directed by: Wes Anderson PG-13. 94 mins A beautifully whimsical and well-acted film that just might be Mr. Anderson’s best work to date. It’s 1965 and on an island just off the coast of…

RED (2010)

Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine Directed by: Robert Schwentke PG-13. 115 mins Riddled with cliches and “clever” gags, Red is far too light in comparison to the dark graphic novel. The story involves a group of former government assassins…

Planet Terror (2007)

Starring: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Naveen Andrews, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Fergie, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Parks Directed by: Robert Rodriguez R. 86 mins Originally released as part of Rodriguez and Tarantino’s Grindhouse double-bill (alongside Death Proof), this is an unapologetically exploitative zombie flick. After a dangerous government experiment is…

Alpha Dog (2007)

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Hatosy, Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Harry Dean Stanton Directed by: Nick Cassavetes R. 118 mins Tense and emotionally engaging, Alpha Dog benefits from a strong and youthful cast but the director’s lack of focus make it impossible for the film to…

Hostage (2005)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Ben Foster, Jonathan Tucker, Marshall Allman, Jimmy Bennett, Michelle Horn, Kevin Pollak Directed by: Florent Emilio Siri R. 113 mins Over-the-top and entirely implausible, Hostage is still worth a watch for the exciting (yet bloody) action, epic thrills, and hint of mystery that just seems to increase in unnecessary complexity as it…