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

    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&...

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    Rian Johnson on 'Breaking Bad': 'Directing Walter White is Surreal on a Level That Directing a Movie Will Never Be'

    Rian Johnson, the filmmaker behind "Brick," "The Brothers Bloom" and the upcoming "Looper," is also the director of this past Sunday's terrific episode of "Breaking Bad," in which Walter White (Bryan Cranston) celebrated his 51st birthday with a brutal fig...

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    'Breaking Bad' Says Happy Birthday to Walter White and Goodbye to His Marriage

    "Clear sailing from here on out, I promise."        --Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

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

    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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    Exclusive: 'Looper' Director Rian Johnson On Transforming Joseph Gordon-Levitt & The Hour Of Deleted Scenes On The DVD

    It's an interesting time for fans of science-fiction out there. While many of the biggest movies in the genre have tinges of sci-fi, they're mostly action-adventures in disguise, with fantastic CGI embellishments. But we've also had a string of lower-budget fare in the last few years that have embra...

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