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Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Se­lected ex­cerpts from re­views of Good news: Not only is the smart, sexy, so­phis­ti­cated but still slam­bang sci-fi ac­tion-thriller not dead, it’s just got­ten it­self a po­tent shot in the arm by way of writer-di­rec­tor Rian John­son.

is a tremen­dous mo­tion pic­ture ex­pe­ri­ence. Not merely a “very good” one, but a great one. The best ad­vice is to not over­think

as John­son’s al­ready done that. In­stead, just sit back and en­joy it. In short, for all its af­fec­tion­ate pas­tiche, is a hu­man­ist movie, and is all the bet­ter for it. If high-toned fu­tur­is­tic time-travel pic­tures with a splash of ro­mance float your boat the way they do mine, you’ll have your­self a time. (Rian John­son’s) grandly con­ceived, im­pres­sively mounted third fea­ture shows a giddy, geeky in­ter­est in sci­ence-fic­tion, then forces it into the back seat and lets the mul­ti­di­men­sional char­ac­ters drive. It’s a sci­ence fic­tion film that gives you a lot of plot to chew on and some gen­uine moral dilem­mas — about sac­ri­fice, guilt, heinous crimes to pro­tect the greater good and what­not. Rian John­son’s third and most am­bi­tious fea­ture keeps the ac­tion pop­ping while sus­tain­ing in­ter­est in the long arc of a story about a man as­signed to kill the 30-years-older ver­sion of him­self. Stitched to­gether with dy­namism and pre­ci­sion

imag­ines a world just near enough to look fa­mil­iar, and just fu­tur­is­tic enough to be chillingly askew.

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