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Lots Of New 'Looper' Pics, 2 Clips & Soundtrack Details Drop For The Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 17, 2012 8:56 AM
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After the cinematic wasteland that was August, September is shaping up to be much better, especially with Rian Johnson’s “Looper” arriving at the end of the month. The sci-fi film was one of our highest recommended films to see this month -- second only to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” -- and we have a whole bunch of new stills from the film along with the soundtrack details.

TIFF Review: 'Arthur Newman' An Intentionally Listless Story About A Boring Everyman

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • September 11, 2012 9:00 AM
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What if we are all Arthur Newman? This is the question that director Dante Ariola and screenwriter Becky Johnston beg in "Arthur Newman," their tepid, imaginatively uninvolved drama about two strangers that fall in love while trying to escape their banal past lives. Ariola and Johnston’s film follows a rag-tag couple, played by Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, who bond when they discover that they both want to run away from their respective families and create new lives for themselves. But because "Arthur Newman" is a drab, psychologically flat portrait of misfit lovers in the process of self-fashioning new identities, we never really learn who its two main characters aspire to be or in what new direction they want to take their lives.

New Images: Emily Blunt & Colin Firth In 'Arthur Newman'; Gemma Arterton & Vanessa Redgrave In TIFF Closer 'Song For Marion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 1:22 PM
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Well, here's a movie that's been keeping below the radar....Colin Firth and Emily Blunt have teamed up for the dark comedy "Arthur Newman" (formerly known as "Arthur Newman, Golf Pro"). The film is making its World Premiere at TIFF, and we have the first image of the two leads and official synopsis. Read on:

Jump Through Time With New Images From 'Looper' Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis & Emily Blunt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 4:27 PM
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Ambitious to say the least, Rian Johnson continues to add to this filmography of high concept genre films with this fall's "Looper." And after a solid reception at Comic-Con over the weekend, we're continuing to see more and more from the upcoming film.

Comic-Con '12: An Expanded Look At Rian Johnson's Sci-Fi 'Looper'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 14, 2012 9:33 AM
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Yesterday at Comic-Con writer/director Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “Brothers Bloom”) took the stage in Hall H for the very first time to discuss his mind-melting science fiction flick, “Looper.” He was joined by his star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who Johnson wrote the part for (hence the character name, Joe) , and co-star Emily Blunt. We’re told Bruce Willis was busy shooting the latest installment of the “Die Hard” franchise.

Watch: New, Hugely Impressive U.K. Trailer For Rian Johnson's 'Looper' With Bruce Willis & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2012 11:37 AM
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Now that we're midway through the summer season, we're sort of champing at the bit for the arrival of the fall: "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Bourne Legacy" aside, there's not a lot in the coming months that's really floating our boat, unless something like "Total Recall" or "The Watch" proves to be a pleasant surprise. And in part, it's because the fall's looking so promising -- long before the heavy hitters at Christmas, even the normally dead zone of September looks chock full of pleasures, with "Lawless," "Gangster Squad," "End Of Watch" and "Killing Them Softly" all looking exciting to one degree or another.

First Look At Emily Blunt In Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Plus More Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Young Bruce Willis

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 30, 2012 9:25 AM
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A time-traveling actioner that pits Joseph Gordon-Levitt against his older self, played by Bruce Willis? We don't need to know much more to be sold on the idea, but add to that the fact it's the third directorial effort by writer-director Rian Johnson and features a supprting cast that includes Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels and Paul Dano -- color us excited as hell.

Review: An Unwieldy ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ Is Still Endearing, Funny & Smart

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 26, 2012 11:05 AM
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Funny, touching and occasionally dramatic, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller’s charming “The Five Year Engagement” falls just short of the modern-day comedy classic category, and yet is deeply entertaining, genuinely amusing and satisfying in the way most shaggy-dog, two-hour-plus comedies are not. Bolstered by a hilarious supporting cast and two genuinely likable leads, the Judd Apatow-produced comedy may feel a little unkempt at times, but the picture has sweet and touching notes to go with the diverting silliness.

Watch: Black Peonies Are Bigger In Red Band Trailer For 'The Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 6:03 PM
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Getting married is one thing, but you have to get to the altar first, and it's that journey that serves as the center of yet another winning Judd Apatow production, in Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller's "The Five-Year Engagement." The film opened the Tribeca Film Festival a couple of days ago and hits theaters next week, and as we noted in our review, the film is "sweet and touching" and hits all the right comic notes you can expect.

Tribeca Review: Haphazard 'Your Sister's Sister' Ambles Towards Drama With Little Consequence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 7:00 PM
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Independent filmmaking has become somewhat hyper-obsessed in the last few years with "realism." Lighting rigs have been put away, available light filling in where it will, and scripts tossed out for sketches, shaped by improvisation in an attempt to capture as close to an approximation of real human interaction as possible. It's an admirable approach, and not just limited to "mumblecore" movies -- Terrence Malick has followed this path pretty closely throughout this career. However, the risk in this style is that if it's too loose, it can structurally crumble the emotional and narrative focus. And for "Humpday" director Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister," that's the unfortunate result of the ten day shoot on the film that gathered together a game cast -- Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass -- and sets them loose on a good dramatic premise, unfortunately ill-served by a far too casual approach.

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