In the six short years since The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Blunt has moved from MVP supporting player to top-notch leading lady: her turns in Sunshine Cleaning and The Young Victoria won her critical acclaim, while roles in The Adjustment Bureau and The Five-Year Engagement proved her commercial mettle.
But most importantly, Blunt… More »
. Making Time Travel MakeOf 2012’s breakout artists, Rian Johnson is probably the year’s most unassuming: protective though he is about his third film, the time-travel thriller Looper, on social media forums such as Twitter, he has contentedly left the spotlight for his two leading men Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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No matter how mixed critics were about the follow-up to the 2009 left-field blockbuster Taken, audiences responded unanimously: They want to see Liam Neeson mess people up in foreign countries.
Taken 2 scored only a 19 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film took in a weekend haul of $49.5 million,… More »
Halloween fever started early this year as Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania shot to the top of the box office over the weekend.
Scaring up solid opening-weekend grosses of $34 million, the film more than doubled the returns of its next-highest competition.
That said, Rian Johnson’s Looper , which stars Bruce Willis,… More »
Looking at the raw materials that Rian Johnson assembled for his new film, Looper has all of the markings of a studio-created, cover-all-of-the-bases thrill ride with star wattage to burn: time travel, dystopian futures, mob enforcers, out-of-left-field sex scenes, on-the-riser Joseph Gordon-Levitt and bona fide icon Bruce Willis.
But after the idiosyncratic one-two… More »
“It does everything right” is just about as ambiguous a compliment as one can give a film, but Looper deserves such praise, if only as the tip of a very large iceberg of kudos.
Thoughtful, intimate, and deeply moving, writer-director Rian Johnson’s assured and perfectly-measured third feature is one of the best films… More »