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Holy Motors (18)

(Leos Carax, 2012, Fra) Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, 116 mins

A freewheeling lunatic love letter to cinema, or a self-indulgent headscratcher that's not worth trying to decipher? Carax's episodic odyssey dazzles and mystifies in equal quantities. Life, death, cinema: it's all interchangeable here, as Lavant cruises Paris in his limousine/mobile dressing room, assuming wildly different roles for unspecified "clients". The wheels threaten to come off with every swerve, but it's an occasionally astounding drive on the wild side.

Looper (15)

(Rian Johnson, 2012, Us) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt. 118 mins

As he did with high-school movie Brick, Johnson takes a tired genre into fresh territory here, with a time-travel sci-fi that's smart, original, exciting and destined for cult status. Gordon-Levitt and Willis play young and old versions of the same assassin, with Gordon-Levitt having to either kill his older self or team up with him to bring down a dodgy system. »

- Steve Rose

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