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    Looper—movie review

    'Looper' is a rare example of ingenious science-fiction storytelling where the fundamental concepts are so intriguing that their stylish execution feels like gravy.

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    Emily Blunt Talks Keeping It Real in 'Looper,' 'Your Sister's Sister' and 'All You Need is Kill' (VIDEO)

    The performer who anchors "Looper" and turns it into something deeper than a hardboiled sci-fi actioner is Emily Blunt. (Here's my review.) I grabbed the in-demand actress between rehearsals on Doug Liman's "All You Need is Kill" for a brief telephone interview.

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

    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...

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    Critical Consensus: Christy Lemire and Claudia Puig On 'Looper,' Sci Fi Movies and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Editor’s note: Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire network discuss new releases with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn. Here, AP film critic Christy Lemire and USA Today's Claudia Puig discuss Rian Johnson's &q...

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    Fox Director Shortlist For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Both Predictable & Surprising

    With Rupert Wyatt bailing on the director's chair just over a week ago, 20th Century Fox now have a vacany to fill for "Dawn Of The Planet The Apes" and it's one they want to move on fast as a release date is on the horizon. So here comes the shortlist and it's both predictable...

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    The Best Review I Ever Got: 'Looper''s Rian Johnson

    The director of "Brick" inaugurates a new column at Criticwire by sharing his favorite movie review he's rever received.

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

    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...

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    Early 'Looper' Reviews and Tweets Suggest a Future Classic in the Making

    Rian Johnson's time travel movie is a hit with Toronto critics.

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    TIFF Review: Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Is Both Impressive and Underwhelming

    "Looper," a rollicking dystopian action-adventure yarn about time travel, is a reasonable broadening of the filmmaker's scope with enough potential to make its flaws stand out. It officially opens the 37th Toronto International Film Festival Thursday night.

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    Toronto 2012: Rian Johnson on His Opening-Night Film 'Looper' and How the Festival World Has Changed

    Rian Johnson burned a quick mark into the indie-film landscape when his writing-directing debut, the high school noir “Brick,” had its premiere at Sundance in 2005. After fielding a special jury prize for his “originality of vision” and then several Independent Spirit nominat...

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