Rian Johnson

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Rian Johnson's mind-bending Looper

It takes some concentration to follow a plot where flashbacks are flash-forwards and vice versa. Or both. And sometimes flash-sideways.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 28, 2012
Bowdoin International Music Festival 2009

Bowdoin International Music Festival 2009

  STUDY THE CLASSICS Portland's kind of dead today, so let's go to Brunswick. The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the many big-deal...
By webteam  |  July 01, 2009

Review: The Brothers Bloom

Some have criticized Rian Johnson for being too clever in his follow-up to the overpraised Brick , but I think it's his cuteness that's the problem.
Too much nudging and winking
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2009

Alive and well

The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
By  |  April 17, 2009

Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008


Tom Bower is the grizzled glue that keeps the picture from coming undone.
Noir makes a return
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2007



A hard-boiled detective story in a contemporary Orange County setting, Rian Johnson’s debut feature holds a Surrealist mirror to the truth about high school.
Noir goes Orange County
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  April 07, 2006