The Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

From space-invader thrillers to interstellar-overdrive headscratchers, we're counting down the best science fiction films since the turn of the century

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'Looper' (2012)
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15. 'Looper' (2012)

A person could tie their noggin in knots trying to follow the timeline of Rian Johnson's time-travelling nailbiter: So future assassin Joseph Gordon Levitt is really Bruce Willis and they're trying to kill each other? Plus the kid with psychic powers who lives near a corn field has something to do with this? And the hit man's weapon of choice circa 2042 is a blunderbuss?!? Johnson's Möbius Strip of a movie is endlessly fascinating – it doesn't simply reward repeat viewings so much as demand them – and proof that it's still possible to do intelligent science fiction within the sausage skin of a star vehicle. Kudos, sir. DF

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