A good friend, on seeing "Looper," accused it not being half as clever as it thought it was. That particular complaint is slippery, notoriously hard to quantify, and one that I've beeen guilty of making in the past. What I think it means, in this context, is that a thing is so concerned with impressing the audience on the basis of its construction--how complicated the puzzle box is--that this complexity comes at the expense of what's actually inside the box.

This complaint is, I think a fair one to a certain extent for Johnson's debut "Brick," and definitely applicable to the hard-to-sit-through grifter comedy "The Brothers Bloom," but it's so far off the mark when it comes to "Looper." The director's foray into sci-fi feels lived-in, real, and populated with characters this time around who aren't just slaves to the plot or genre. Plus, it happens to be a smart and efficient sci-fi movie to boot, giving us one of the strongest genre films of 2012.

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New Year's Eve is when you can get your hands on writer-director Rian Johnson's "Looper" on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony. According to the announcement from earlier this week, both discs will include feature commentary, deleted scenes, a pair of featurettes, while the Blu-ray will get some bonuses not included on the SD release.

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The buzz surrounding Rian Johnson's time travel flick "Looper" gives me the feeling that regardless of box office performance, the movie is destined for sci-fi cult classic status. I especially feel this way after seeing Zach Johnson and Noah Fisheruses' animated trailer. Something about the fact that "Looper" has already inspired such a lovely and interesting piece of art makes me think we'll be Tumbling these sorts of projects for years to come.

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In order to simplify the concept of time travel, you’ve got to think a LOT about time travel. At least, that’s what writer/director Rian Johnson had to do with his new – excellent – movie "Looper", which opens this Friday in theaters everywhere.

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