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Film, "Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

"Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

Early on in Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sits at a diner and chats with his self from 30 years in the future (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe asks the older one about the specifics of…
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Film, Despite its stylish trappings, <i>The Brothers Bloom</i> is no joke

Despite its stylish trappings, The Brothers Bloom is no joke

Writer-director Rian Johnson fashions a universe in which time is a fluid thing — where everything takes place in a familiar today and an otherworldly yesterday, where the audience is at once agreeably comfortable and inexplicably unsettled. When his characters…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Whodunnit High

Whodunnit High

Brick (Universal) Rian Johnson's feature debut as writer-director will wind up as one of the year's best films. A film noir set in a modern-day high school, it's Sam Spade roaming Ridgemont High; kids get doped up and knocked up…
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Film, Nouveau Noir

Nouveau Noir

Calling Rian Johnson's teen indie drama Brick a piece of stuntwork might seem tantamount to hitting it with a pie, but it's a high-speed wheelie of a strangely daring variety. Try on this thumbnail definition for size: a high school…
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