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Cult 101: Looper (2012) 35mm

Opens on June 9

Director: Rian Johnson Run Time: 118 min. Release Year: 2012

Starring: Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo

Country: United States
Language: English

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About the film:

In the year 2044, time travel has not yet been invented. But in 30 years it will have been… In director Rian Johnson’s sensational action thriller, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a looper, a futuristic assassin who eliminates targets sent back in time by a criminal organization. The only rule is that you do not let your target escape – even if that target is you.

The rules are put to the test when Joe is called upon to “close his loop” and assassinate his future self (Bruce Willis). In failing to pull the trigger, so begins a desperate race against the clock as Joe begins to unravel his own future and older Joe’s past.

About the filmmaker:

Rian Craig Johnson is an American filmmaker. He made his directorial debut with the neo-noir mystery film Brick (2005), and achieved mainstream recognition for writing and directing the critically acclaimed science-fiction thriller Looper (2012). He landed his largest project when he wrote and directed the space opera Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). He returned to the mystery genre with Knives Out (2019) and its sequel Glass Onion (2022), which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively.

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