Bruce Willis And Time Travel, Both More Alive Than Ever. Looper,

1. Looper is essentially two different movies spliced together at the midway point, but that's OK, because: a) the movies are thematically connected, with the second building off the windup of the first; and b) they're both excellent. The first half is a dark, thrilling time-travel mind-twister that leads into the… » 9/25/12 6:10pm 9/25/12 6:10pm

Lynn Shelton Is The Next Great American Director

Can you believe that only two American women have ever been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Director category? Two. Awards are too often lazily used as some sort of actual shorthand barometer of quality and consensus—Jesus, people, Crash won, which should have eliminated that notion forever—but still: Two?… » 6/12/12 3:15pm 6/12/12 3:15pm

Scenes From a Marriage, But Longer And With Fart Jokes. The Five-Year…

1. There are several long stretches in which The Five-Year Engagement is the polar opposite of what anyone would consider "romantic" or "comedy." Jason Segel has always had a tinge of self-aggrandizing self-pity in his characters—the ones he plays, the ones he writes, and both—but for swaths of The Five-Year Engagement,… » 4/25/12 12:22pm 4/25/12 12:22pm