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Looper

  • 5 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Written by: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels
  • UK release: 28 September 2012

Time-travel thriller. A hitman for the mob recognises a target as himself from the future.

Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt reunite in sci-fi thriller Looper

16 Aug 2012

Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt also star in film about hired killer with a difference

Once the lavish summer blockbusters are out of the way, there’s always a slice of brain-boggling sci-fi set aside to keep genre aficionados going. Writer/director Rian Johnson’s Looper reunites him with his Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a…

Rian Johnson, director of Looper

7 Sep 2012

The filmmaker talks about working with Bruce Willis and the logic of time travel

A story set in 2044, about assassins whose targets are sent back from thirty years further in the future, Looper is a very intricate sci-fi. How did you approach writing it? Writing the screenplay, part of what I wanted to do with it was really focus on…

Looper

7 Sep 20125 stars

Impressive time-travel tale from Rian Johnson, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

After his impressive debut Brick and his mildly disappointing follow-up, The Brothers Bloom, Rian Johnson’s time-travel tale Looper feels like a giant leap forwards. Warmly embracing elements of sci-fi, horror and romance, in a story inspired equally by…

Project Almanac

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Dean Israelite
  • Written by: Jason Pagan, Andrew Stark
  • Cast: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Ginny Gardner
  • UK release: 3 October 2014

When teenage brainiac David (Weston), his sister (Gardner) and his buddies find his late dad's blueprints for a time machine, they build it, like you do. It's aimed at those who've never seen classic time-loop films (Groundhog Day, Looper, Back to the Future etc) which is just as well, since it steals from them all, adds…

Predestination

16 Feb 20153 stars

Confident, puzzling sci-fi from the Spierig Brothers, starring Ethan Hawke

Strangely alluring and memorably absurd, Predestination – written and directed by the German-born, Australia-raised identical twins Peter and Michael Spierig – is a guilty pleasure sci-fi that’ll almost have you leaving the cinema believing you’ve just…

Project Almanac

16 Feb 20152 stars

Dean Israelite's derivative sci-fi follows a group of teen time-travellers

A MTV Films co-production whose producers include Michael Bay, this found-footage teen time travelling adventure from director Dean Israelite is pitched at those too young to be well versed in time travel / time loop flicks. That's just as well since it…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

12 Dec 20174 stars

Looper's Rian Johnson delivers the goods with this thrilling addition to the space opera

The eighth episode in the Star Wars saga sees the Empire strike back hard and Rey (Daisy Ridley) meet with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to learn all about the force. This may sound familiar but with Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) in the directing seat…

Ten actors who could play Han Solo

8 Jul 2015

With a Star Wars origin film in the works, we speculate on casting

Not content with working on an animated Spider-Man film, further Lego movies, another Jump Street (possibly incorporating Men in Black) and The Flash, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been announced as directors of the long-rumoured Han Solo origin…

Best films to stream this week: 5 Aug

5 Aug 2020

Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms

Here at The List we tend to look forward to what's on the horizon but, with entertainment options limited, knowing what to watch right now in the comfort of your home is still much needed. To help ride out these challenging times, we'll keep casting our…

Rian Johnson: 'Even though there haven't been many recently, it's odd how much affection there is for the genre'

15 Nov 2019

Knives Out director chats about his love of the murder-mystery genre, the challenge of making it contemporary and his next foray into that galaxy far, far away

Just five films into his career, Rian Johnson has been on a remarkable trajectory. Even before he rattled Star Wars fans with 2017's divisive The Last Jedi, he'd regularly toyed with audience expectations. Subverting the film noir (2005's…

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

19 Jun 20144 stars

A beautifully shot, well acted and suspenseful teenage noir starring Mackenzie Davis

This feature debut of brothers Zeke and Simon Hawkins sets out its smalltown Texan noir ambitions early, with college-bound teenager Sue (rising star Mackenzie Davis, from That Awkward Moment) pointedly quoting pulp thriller writer Jim Thompson in a…