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Hard to believe we went an entire decade without David Cronenberg, master of provocatively hallucinatory cinema, serving up his specialty. Cronenberg didn’t go on extended sabbatical after the Ralph Fiennes schizoid head trip, “Spider,” came out in 2002; his output since includes the simmering Viggo Mortensen films “A History of Violence” and “Eastern Promises,” plus the recent Freud-Jung portrait, “A Dangerous Method,” with Mortensen and Michael Fassbender. Still, “Videodrome” they weren’t. Finally, Cronenberg gets back to it — and in timely fashion — with his economic-meltdown riff, “Cosmopolis” (2012), adapted from the prescient novel by acclaimed postmodernist Don DeLillo. At the risk of echoing ourselves, “Margin Call” this isn’t (although the two films do share a “Glengarry Glen Ross” penchant for rendering business jargon entertainingly, self-consciously generic). Robert Pattinson stars as a young hedge-fund billionaire whose cold detachment scarcely lifts all through the film’s minimalist action — just an extended limo ride, mostly — even as financial catastrophe vaporizes his limitless wealth. Never mind city streets choked by over-the-top economic protests; Pattinson (above) has a haircut appointment to make, and esotericism to bandy about with adviser Samantha Morton, anonymous underling Paul Giamatti, and others. “Any assault on the borders of perception is going to seem rash at first,” Pattinson declares. Um, indeed. Extras: In interview snippets, it’s unclear whether Cronenberg is laughing with us at the bizarrely mannered dialogue, but he does smile about that limo shoot: “It’s my version of ‘Das Boot.’ ” (Entertainment One, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; available now)

SCIENCE FICTION

LOOPER (2012)

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a killer dutifully toiling for the mob of the future, handling targets sent through time to him to be snuffed — until one of those targets turn out to be his future self (Bruce Willis). Some reviewers have dug the temporal-jeopardy fest Gordon-Levitt (above front, with Paul Dano) is putting together, between “Inception” and his work here with writer-director Rian Johnson (the high school noir “Brick”). We’d also suggest making a theme night of it with “Looper” and Willis’s time-tripping in Terry Gilliam’s “12 Monkeys.”
Extras: commentary by Johnson, Gordon-Levitt, and costar Emily Blunt; on Blu-ray, “Science of Time Travel” featurette. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99; available now)

COMEDY

THUNDERSTRUCK (2012)

Here’s a diversion to consider if the kids are getting vacation-unruly and have some applicable gift card burning a hole in their pocket: a feature vehicle, such as it is, for NBA star Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. (The title is a no-brainer; if only AC/DC were on the soundtrack.) Taylor Gray plays a high school klutz who wishes for his idol’s talent — and magically gets it, to the befuddlement of suddenly inept “Dur-can’t.” Falls somewhere between Michael Jordan in “Space Jam” and Shaq in “Kazaam.”
Extras
: Durant gets to show off on the court. (Warner, $27.95; Blu-ray, $29.98; available now)

Tom Russo can be reached at trusso2222@gmail.com.
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