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Later this week (or is it earlier next week?) you'll be able to catch the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Bruce Willis time travel adventure "Looper." I, on the other hand, have already seen it. Not because I've journeyed to the future, but because I've been to Canada (which is really, really not the same) and saw its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
As I wrote in my review for NextMovie's Mirror Universe site Film.com (and we'll be talking about parallel dimensions another day) "in an age where filmmakers are more likely to shrug and suggest you simply embrace mystery, writer-director Rian Johnson draws a line in the sand and says 'no.'" There's a great moment when Bruce Willis says to his younger self that he doesn't want to start discussing the nitty gritty of time travel lest they start making diagrams on the table with straws. However, "Looper"'s great win is that it doesn't have to tell you how it works, it shows you. Get More »
In "The Hunger Games," the future of North America (called Panem) is grim. For proof, look no further than the titular televised battle to the death that the Capitol puts on for sport. Teens killing teens? Hilarious!
The shocking thing is that the post-apocalyptic future Katniss Everdeen inhabits is far from the bleakest or most bizarre dystopia in movie history. The following 15 movies teach us one basic truth: Be afraid, very afraid of the future -- particularly genetic mutations, man-made viruses, and nuclear holocausts. Get More »
Be it for money, bargaining purposes, or strictly out of necessity, movie characters have been getting kidnapped since silent-era evildoers began the mini industry of tying women to train tracks.
Not all kidnappers are mustache-twirling villains, though. In fact, many of them have a darn good reason and are pretty nice folks once you're forced at gunpoint to get to know them. Amanda Seyfried could sure use some do's and dont's in the new kidnap thriller "Gone," but if you ever do get kidnapped in a film, we have a few rules to live by so you don't wind up on a milk carton … or in a wood chipper. Get More »
Before you start reaching for the hand sanitizer, it might be worth knowing which movie outbreaks could happen IRL.
In Steven Soderbergh's new super-virus drama "Contagion," Kate Winslet plays Dr. Erin Mears, a Centers of Disease Control "disease detective" who's dispatched to Minnesota after Gwyneth Paltrow's character dies from a mysterious illness affecting pockets of people in London, Japan, and Hong Kong. Mears explains to local officials (and the audience) how a highly contagious virus can travel around the world in a matter of days if the proper measures aren't taken to contain it.
It may sound like fear-mongering, but viruses really are quite scary. Get More »