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Review: Heady, High Concept 'Looper' Is A Dazzling Piece Of Sci-Fi Noir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2012 11:01 AM
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Welcome to 2044, Kansas. Time travel hasn't been invented yet, but in thirty years it will be. And when it is, it's immediately outlawed, with criminal organizations using it for their own ends -- namely, to dispose of bodies. In the future, thanks to the advances in tracking people, it becomes more difficult to make someone disappear. And thus there are Loopers. Sent 'assignments' from the future, they dispatch them in the present, get rid of the bodies, thus eliminating them from the future, for which efforts they get paid a modest sum. It's not the most honorable job, but considering how bad the economy has become, it's something.

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.

Review: Henry Cavill Vehicle 'The Cold Light Of Day' Should Have Stayed In Deep Freeze

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 8:55 AM
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Sneaking into theaters with little to no fanfare at the tail end of summer, "The Cold Light of Day," a dramatically inert and visually muddy thriller from Mabrouk El Mechri ("JCVD"), is so bad that its mere presence in theaters feels like the behind-the-scenes machinations of some kind of contractual obligation instead of actual enthusiasm on anyone's part. It's telling that the movie was released in the United Kingdom back in April (it was rightly savaged) and is only finally coming out here.

Bruce Willis In Talks To Star In Jeffrey Nachmanoff's 'American Assassin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 7:37 PM
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Bruce Willis is having a pretty good year. Ok, so it hasn't exactly been spotless: few people liked "Lay The Favorite" at Sundance, and he's had some near-DTV level cameos in films like "The Expendables 2," this week's "Cold Light of Day" and the genuinely DTV "Fire With Fire" (starring 50 Cent, who seems to be running some kind of sponsorship programme for aging tough-guy actors). But he also gave a lovely, atypical performance in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," and according to early reviews today, including our own, is pretty great in Rian Johnson's "Looper," a film that Willis has described as the best he's ever been in.

TIFF Review: Heady, High Concept 'Looper' Is A Dazzling Piece Of Sci-Fi Noir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2012 12:48 PM
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Welcome to 2044, Kansas. Time travel hasn't been invented yet, but in thirty years it will be. And when it is, it's immediately outlawed, with criminal organizations using it for their own ends -- namely, to dispose of bodies. In the future, thanks to the advances in tracking people, it becomes more difficult to make someone disappear. And thus there are Loopers. Sent assignments from the future, they dispatch them in the present, get rid of the bodies, thus eliminating them in the future and get paid a modest sum for their efforts. It's not the most honorable job, but considering how bad the economy has become, it's something.

Watch: Bruce Willis Doesn't Want To Talk About Time Travel In Clip From 'Looper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 2:59 PM
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With Rian Johnson stirring up time travel, hitmen and god knows what else in his upcoming, highly ambitious "Looper," it will take a deft hand to not only balance all the elements at play, but also provide something fresh and original. But so far, it looks the man who changed with the game with film noir in "Brick" and twisted the con artist in "The Brothers Bloom" is doing just that, and this first clip from the movie is particularly compelling.

New Poster & Score/Sound Featurette Debut For Rian Johnson’s 'Looper'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 23, 2012 11:59 AM
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As the summer film season slows to a halt with lessening explosions, it’s time to look forward to festivals like Venice, TIFF and Telluride, which will offer us a taste of what we can expect during the upcoming fall/awards seasons run. One film that will be playing TIFF, however, “Brick” director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi actioner “Looper,” is starting a marketing rollout akin to so many of those big summer tentpoles.

Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme Shines In The Moronically Irresistible Entertainment Of ‘Expendables 2’

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 14, 2012 8:00 AM
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“The Expendables 2” is one of the very few films that gets better as it gets dumber. Serviceably directed, horribly written and barely acted at all except for a standout performance by (of all people) Jean-Claude Van Damme, it mostly delivers in the way that the original failed to, which is by enabling action stars to charm their way through an incredibly hackneyed and conventional storyline. Nevertheless an irresistibly fun alternative to the so-called grown-up fare that has attempted to replace the escapism of '80s and ‘90s blockbusters, “The Expendables 2” offers a welcome roundup of action stars who simultaneously – and satisfyingly – celebrate and send up their former glories.

Director John Moore Says ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ Will Feature A Humorless John McClane

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 27, 2012 12:24 PM
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While “The Dark Knight Rises” signaled Christopher Nolan’s latest embrace of humor in the summer action blockbuster, audiences looking for that trend to continue throughout other franchises would be wise to look elsewhere. Another director recently revealed exactly which direction he would take the fifth “Die Hard” installment, “A Good Day To Die Hard,” and it doesn't sound terribly promising.

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.

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