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Mission: Impossible

Christopher McQuarrie confirms he's directing M:I 6

Jack and pot
Nov 30
// Matthew Razak
One of the bigger surprises in my movie going life is the resurgence of the Mission: Impossible franchise. I could have sworn to you that this thing was dead in the water after the fourth film, but it blazed back into ac...

Review: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Jul 31 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]219530:42420:0[/embed] Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationDirector: Christopher McQuarrieRelease Date:  July 31, 2015Rating: PG-13  The first time you see Tom Cruise in Rogue Nation, he's running. Of course he is. He has to run. It's a contractual thing (probably). He spends a lot of the film running. It makes sense, since he's really on the run this time. In Ghost Protocol, the IMF (which I always get confused with the International Monetary Fund, which says something weird about me) was publicly disavowed but still privately accepted. In Rogue Nation, the CIA is after Ethan Hunt's head. Following the events of Ghost Protocol, with a destroyed Kremlin and the aftermath of a freaking warhead hitting a building (not causing much damage in the process, but none-the-less), everything is blamed on the IMF. No one knows that the Syndicate he's been tracking is a real thing. There's been no evidence that anyone else could see, so... Ethan becomes a wanted man. But you don't catch Ethan Hunt. Unless, of course, you work the Syndicate. Because Rogue Nation gets interesting really early. Every movie, you get to enjoy the hoops that Hunt has to go through in order to hear his mission. It's fun and always a little bit silly. But things are different this time. After picking up the proper vinyl record, he goes to listen. It sounds normal at first, confirming his suspicions about the Syndicate's existence, but then you realize that the use of subjects is... odd. The phrasing doesn't quite sound like something the IMF would have in a transmission. And, of course, it's not an IMF transmission. It's the Syndicate's. Hunt turns around to see the man at the top of the organization put a bullet into the head of the young record store owner who was so excited to actually see Ethan Hunt in person as sleeping gas fills his room. A little much, perhaps, but interesting. Subversion, right? I like subversion. Parts of Rogue Nation are surprisingly subversive. Many of them are not, but with a film of this magnitude, you kinda have to take what you can get.  I saw the film in IMAX. Ghost Protocol remains the only film I've ever seen in LIEMAX, as they call it, and while seeing it big was a treat, there's nothing in the film that quite has the majesty of that tower scaling scene from the previous film. There are some fantastic sights and sounds, and it's definitely a film that takes advantage of a theater, but you'd get pretty much the same experience on a traditional screen that I got on one the size of a building. One of the few things I genuinely like about big budget films is their ability to literally span the globe. In that respect, Rogue Nation doesn't disappoint. Its intrigue takes you through numerous countries across at least three continents. You'll see familiar landmarks and some totally new terrain. It's awesome, really. (As an aside: If you're a big budget movie that doesn't use multiple countries for locations, what are you doing with your life?) And the things that happen in those countries are pretty cool too. There are crazy foot chases, motorcycle chases, car chases, fist fights, knife fights, gunfights etc. It's all very exciting, and it takes place in some excellent locations (the catwalk battle at the Viennese opera house is a personal favorite, though I did spend the entire time internally shouting, "JUST THROW HIM OFF! OH MY GOD!"). That parenthetical does bring me to something that won't come as a surprise but will still affect whether or not you can really get into the film: Rogue Nation insults your intelligence, just a little bit. It explains and overexplains everything, just in case you missed it the first time. Characters will describe what things are, not because they need to know them but because they think the audience does. (Sometimes, they're right, but heavy-handed exposition isn't really the most enjoyable way to get crucial information.)  That said, it's not quite as dumb as it could have been. You could pick it apart until there was nothing left (I expect the fine folks at Cinema Sins will do just that before too long), but... why? What's to be gained from wondering how and why characters do the things they do? They're complicated – too complicated, probably – but that's not always a bad thing. In fact, it allows for some interesting development from Ilsa, the sole female character of substance. Ilsa's a badass, too. Like, an actual one, who can kill people and don't need no man. (Most of the time.) And really, her final interaction with Ethan Hunt was invigorating, not because of what it was but what it wasn't. It's not what you expect these moments to be like, but it's what you hope they will. For all of my complaints, I just sat back and let it wash over me. And I enjoyed the heck out of it. Good on you, Rogue Nation. Good on you.
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Exactly what you want it to be
When Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ended, I couldn't fathom how a sequel could top it. It went so far over the top that I truly believed it was un-toppable. (Turns out, I actually wrote something to tha...

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Edge of Tomorrow 2 being pitched by Tom Cruise

Live. Die. Repeat... again
Jul 29
// Matthew Razak
Without a doubt one of my favorite films of last year was Edge of Tomorrow (also known as Live. Die. Repeat.) It was a sleeper hit and delivered one of the more original sci-fi films we'd seen in a while. While the film'...
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M:I 5

International Trailer for Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation is the best trailer yet

Tom Cruise still on plane
Jun 22
// Matthew Razak
If you hadn't been convinced that Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation was going to one of the more balls out crazy films of the summer (and it's already been pretty balls out crazy) then the newest, and most likely final...

Power levels over 9000
Tom Cruise held his breathe for six minutes during the filming of Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation. It was for some underwater part and he actually did it leading us to believe that he is some sort of Scientology super sai...

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Rogue Nation

New trailer for Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation still won't open door

Gotta kick that theme in earlier
Jun 04
// Matthew Razak
Ever since we saw Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a flying airplane I've been pretty excited for Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation. With the latest trailer that excitement is still pretty high. The trailer shows us a lot m...

First official trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Mar 23 // Nick Valdez
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Fugees make everything better
First things first. Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible 5, featuring the incredibly awesome and incredibly real high flying plane stunt, is now officially titled Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Secondly, this trail...

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Mission Impossible 5

Mission Impossible 5 gets a new release date, whether we chose to accept it or not

This July 31st, get Cruise'd
Jan 28
// Sean Walsh
In an effort to dodge the hefty competition brought by the new James Bond film and Disney with their new indie endeavor Star Wars in December, Paramount has brought Mission: Impossible up an astounding five months from t...

Megan's Top 15 Movies of 2014

Jan 22 // Megan Porch
15. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 I totally love Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy, and even though Mockingjay is my favorite of the books I'll admit the book has a ton of faults. When it was first announced the final book would be split into two movies, I was concerned. Mockingjay isn't a long book and it didn't feel like there was enough material for two movies. But then I went to see the film and it was worlds better than I was expecting. While the novel felt rushed, the movie takes its time to let the story unfold and the audience finally gets to really see all the devastation District 13's rebellion is causing. The actors' performances are great, and it's nice to see the final chapter of the trilogy getting the attention it deserves. Read the review here! 14. The Lego Movie In 2013, my friend and I went to a movie for Valentine's Day. That movie was Dredd. In 2014, the same friend and I wanted to see a movie again for the same holiday, so we ended up at The Lego Movie. Despite sitting through the panel for this movie at San Diego Comic Con in 2013, I knew virtually nothing about it. I just knew it involved Legos and Batman was in it. In the end, I can easily say everything about The Lego Movie was awesome. Read the review here! 13. Edge of Tomorrow Any movie that lets me see Tom Cruise die over and over again is amazing and wonderful. I was skeptical of this film because I really can't stand him, but I ended up seeing it since my friends wanted to go. Edge of Tomorrow ended up being a really fun movie that I didn't totally hate Tom Cruise in, and it goes without saying Emily Blunt was a total badass. It was definitely a very pleasant surprise but I do wish the movie had been a bigger hit than it was. Read the review here! 12. Godzilla My only complaint about Godzilla is that Bryan Cranston should've been in way more of it. Now that I've got that out of the way, let me say that this movie was awesome. I like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and I especially liked how his character was just trying to get home the whole time, but kept getting swept up in all the kaiju insanity. Maybe Godzilla himself should've been in more of it, too, but the moments that he was on screen were incredible. I know a lot of fans were wanting an old school monster for Godzilla to fight, but I thought the Mutos were unique and still managed to fit nicely into the big fighting monster genre. Read the review here! 11. John Wick The biggest surprise movie of 2014 for me was John Wick. I didn't have any interest in seeing it until my friend told me that the story involved a dog. Being the dog-crazy person I am, after that I decided I had to see it... and I'm definitely glad I did. Keanu Reeves may not be the most versatile actor, but I liked him as Wick and the rest of the cast was full of a lot of unexpected, but awesome actors. The fight scenes were fun and the soundtrack was the perfect icing on this revenge filled cake. Check out the sweet doggy! 10. The Raid 2 - Berandal I'll admit I haven't seen The Raid Redemption, but it's on my to-watch list. I ended up seeing The Raid 2 - Berandal with my friend to kill time on the day of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's theatrical release. The only thing I expected was that there would be martial arts. That was literally all I knew about the first movie, so when this one revealed that it had a pretty good plot AND tons of the best fight choreography I've ever seen, I was sold. Read the review here! 9. The Boxtrolls As the third feature film from Laika Studios, The Boxtrolls may not be the strongest story-wise, but it's got a ton of heart and it's a fun movie for kids and adults. What really impresses me about this studio, though, is the amount of sheer creativity that goes into making their movies. With practically every animated movie coming out now being nothing but computer graphics, it's so refreshing to see stop animation still being used so masterfully. Read the review here! 8. Birdman I think the last movie I saw Michael Keaton in was one where he was Batman. I knew the basic premise of Birdman, and since I love superhero movies I was curious about what seemed like a critique of that genre. Birdman is a great character piece with an incredible cast. Emma Stone is easily one of my favorite leading ladies, and I've always liked Ed Norton, but Michael Keaton shined the brightest in this film. Read the review here! 7. Guardians of the Galaxy I'm a diehard fan of Marvel's movies and comics, but even I was puzzled by their choice to make Guardians of the Galaxy into a film. It seemed like something that was too comic book-ish for general movie audiences to enjoy. Luckily, Guardians turned out to be a smash hit and it was also a much needed break from all the dark and serious superhero movies we've gotten over the past decade. There was nothing about this movie I didn't like, but I think my favorite thing about it was how colorful it was. With bright pink and blue people, a talking raccoon and a loveable tree, Guardians of the Galaxy came out of left field and now is one of my top favorite superhero movies. Read the review here! 6. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night I used to live in a town that barely ever got foreign films. Now that I live in Los Angeles there's so many that I don't have time or money to see them all, but when I heard about this movie, I was intrigued. Ana Lily Amirpour's directorial debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a must-see for anyone who considers him/herself a movie buff. It's a quiet, simple film, but it also packs a lot of heavy punches in the form of great acting and beautiful storytelling. Read the review here! 5. The Grand Budapest Hotel I can't say enough how much I love Wes Anderson movies, and The Grand Budapest Hotel seems like a love letter to all his fans. It still doesn't beat The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as my favorite, but it's a close second. Everything about this movie is beautiful, charming, and a little bit disturbing (the cat's fate still makes me cringe). Also, if anyone thinks Ralph Fiennes didn't do his best performance of his career in this movie, I will fight you. Read the review here! 4. Song of the Sea Technically I saw Song of the Sea this year, but its official release date was in December of 2014, so I'm counting it. Cartoon Saloon already made me a fan of their work with their first feature, Secret of Kells, but this movie was something truly special. Maybe I'm a little biased because I think seals are the best animals in the world, but the story of Song of the Sea is truly touching and the craftsmanship that went into creating it is just extraordinary. Read the review here! 3. Under the Skin I read Michel Faber's novel this movie is based on a few weeks before I went to see it in the theater. The novel was weird and cool, but I couldn't imagine how it'd translate into a film. It turns out that Jonathan Glazer was not trying to make a literal adaptation of the book, and that's okay with me. Under the Skin doesn't improve on the novel because it's a completely separate entity. Yeah, there are similarities, but overall the movie is a bizarre journey into femininity and the search for companionship. It's also apparent after watching it that Jonathan Glazer is the closest we are to a modern day Stanley Kubrick. 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier There won't be any Best Picture nomination for Captain America, but in my mind, it's a masterpiece. The Winter Soldier was my most anticipated movie since the second it was announced at San Diego Comic Con in 2012. As an interpretation of my favorite comic story ever, this movie could not have been more perfect. It wasn't exactly the same, but it didn't matter. All that mattered to me was that I was seeing my favorite characters come to life in a way that was interesting unlike any other superhero movie. I hope Marvel continues with these genre films, since it gives superheroes a cool twist they didn't have before. Read the review here! 1. Interstellar I get pretty emotional during movies, especially the ones that are as emotionally charged as Interstellar was. Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors, so I'm always eager to see what he's up to. This movie felt different from all his others. It certainly had a lot of big ideas, but when it boiled down to its core, Interstellar was about family. So I pretty much spent the entire movie sobbing because it was just so darn beautiful. The story, the cinematography, the special effects... everything was perfect. I wasn't sure anything could top how much I loved The Winter Soldier (because I'm horribly biased), but Interstellar went above and beyond anything I saw last year. Read the review here! So here's hoping 2015 is full of awesome movies, too! What were some of your favorites from last year?
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Lots of these movies involve adorable animals. Others are gratuitiously violent. One has both!
2014 was a pretty great year for movies, so coming up with a year end list was pretty tough for me. Originally I thought I'd just do top 5, and then top 10... but no. It had to be top 15 because I saw so many awesome films last year, and it just wouldn't be fair to ignore the movies in the 11 through 15 slots.  So let's get the ball rolling...  

Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014

Jan 16 // Nick Valdez
30-16: The Lego Movie, The Babadook, 22 Jump Street, The Purge: Anarchy, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Maleficent, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Snowpiercer, Frank, Top Five, Gone Girl, Pride, The Drop, Nymphomaniac Vol 1, A Most Violent Year 15. Locke  I nearly missed out on Locke. With the smallest of small releases, I didn't see this until it was recommended by a friend a few weeks ago. I'm super glad I finally took the plunge. It's got the weirdest barrier of entry (it's better if you see it at night, you have to be in the right mindset), but it's totally worth the trouble. In a year full of bloated blockbusters, Locke is the concise breath of fresh air that reminds you what cinema is capable of. In the length of a Sunday night drive, Tom Hardy goes through so many complicated emotions. Enclosed, intimate, and fantastic.  14. Nightcrawler Nightcrawler (and Enemy, in fact) proved Jake Gyllenhaal still has some sides of his acting talent hidden away. With a strikingly dark, yet practical performance, he sells the film's dissection of sensationalist journalism. Literally crawling through the muck, Nightcrawler portrays the opposite end of ambition. When ambition morphs into an unhealthy aggression, one of the best films of 2014 was born.  Read our review of Nightcrawler here. 13. John Wick John Wick was an utter surprise and delight. Literally coming out of nowhere with a generic trailer that made the film seem like nothing more than a direct to home video action film mistakenly released to theaters, John Wick has a fantastic setting (I want another movie of just interactions within the assassin hotel hideout), wonderfully choreographed action (Keanu Reeves is really Neo at this point, which made the fantastical nature of the fights even more believable), and a story with so many cheesy twists and turns I fell in love instantly. Oh and the dog, Daisy! Oh. My. God. 12. Boyhood Filmed over the course of twelve years, it sort of makes sense to put Boyhood here. Both as a little dig, and because while I love what it did for cinema (and how much I enjoyed it directly afterward), I'm not as fond of it as I thought I was. While some of Mason's life speaks to me (I too had a drunk and abusive parent, was also directionless for the majority of life), a lot of it glazed over what my life was really like. Yeah, I know Boyhood won't be a depiction of my life, but it kind of stung to see someone live a happier life than mine. I don't hold it against the film critically (that's why it's here), but I'll never truly connect with it the way I think I'm supposed to.  Read our review of Boyhood here. 11. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes APEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is what we get for not hailing to the chimp. A summer blockbuster that was not only intelligent, well paced, and full of stunning visuals, but made me expect more out of my popcorn flicks. Bad action and explosions just aren't going to cut it anymore. Dawn says we can have both AND be a successful prequel/sequel at the same time. It doesn't get any better. This is what blockbusters should strive to.  Read our review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes here. 10. The Guest The Guest is a film that will forever be welcome in my home. Before my screening, I knew nothing of it other than it was a follow up from the You're Next (which is also a film you need to see someday) duo of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett. Figuring they were kind of a one trick pony (sorry, guys), I expected a run of the mill thriller with a genre twist at the end. But that's nowhere near the case with Guest. Completely confident in its lead Dan Stevens (with good reason), the film is full throttle from beginning to end. Its tone is never once tiring. With its homages to older horror films, a groovy synth inspired soundtrack, stylistic filming (there's a great use of light throughout) and fantastically staged finale, The Guest was one of my favorite movie going experiences last year. Read our review of The Guest here. 9. Joe Wow, so where has THIS Nicolas Cage been? We make fun of the guy for signing up for everything and anything, but he's some kind of wicked genius. It's when we forget how talented of an actor he can be that he decides to come out with a legitimately gripping performance. That's the heart of Joe. Three great performances (from Cage, Tye Sheridan, and the now passed Gary Poulter) root this tale in the South with the most human characters I saw last year. Remember Your Highness? This is from the same director. I just can't believe that.  Read our review of Joe here. 8. Edge of Tomorrow Just like with Nic Cage, Tom Cruise always has a surprise up his sleeve for when we forget how talented he is. It appears that both actors can truly surprise given the right material. Edge of Tomorrow (or whatever the hell it's named now) is a science fiction story about how some nerdy, cowardly man transforms into action star Tom Cruise after dying a thousand times. In the most unique premise of any science fiction film in recent memory (which is saying quite a bit as you can allude to sources like videogames), a man's life gets a reset button every time he's killed in a battle leading to some of the best and hilarious editing of 2014. And you know what else? Emily Blunt is a killer viking goddess badass and I wouldn't have it any other way.  Read our review of Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need is Kill/Live.Die.Repeat here. 7. Birdman Speaking of actors we've forgotten about, out comes Michael Keaton reminding us how much of a juggernaut he is. Sure he's had some subversive turns in films like The Other Guys, Toy Story 3 and RoboCop recently, but I haven't seen him challenged like this in a long time. Birdman breaks down Keaton and builds him back up again. A heartbreaking, absurd, hilarious, soul crushing, wonderfully shot film, Birdman is truly the peak of artistic creativity. Too bad Keaton overshadowed everyone else. But is that such a bad problem to have?  Read our review of Birdman here. 6. The Grand Budapest Hotel Budapest was my very first Wes Anderson film experience, and I'm so glad I finally took the plunge. Budapest is a film full of so much love, hard work, and time that it could only be put together after as long career. With one of the most outstanding casts (each utilized to the fullest, even in the smaller roles), a vignette style story, and an amazing performance from Ralph Fiennes, Budapest had my attention from beginning to end. The reason it's not higher on this list is because there were a few that had my attention a little bit more. And that's definitely tough in this case.  Read our review of The Grand Budapest Hotel here. 5. The Interview Say what you will about whether or not The Interview "deserved" all of the problems it caused, or whether or not it's some stupid exercise of free speech, underneath all of the drama, The Interview was the funnest experience I had last year. It's not some grand satire of North Korea's politics, nor is it your patriotic duty to witness it unfold, but you'd do yourself a disservice by missing out. Well tuned humor, great performances (with some of the best James Franco faces) led by Randall Park, and an explosive finale you're sure to remember. The Interview is a firework. Boom, boom, boom.  Read our review of The Interview here. 4. Whiplash On the opposite end of the spectrum is Whiplash. A film I had no idea existed full of darkness. Yet, that darkness is truly compelling. J.K. Simmons is a fantastic lead (if you tell me Miles Teller is the lead, I will politely ask you to leave) with a performance that's striking, violent, and full of the best kind of black humor. Imagine if his turn as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man was even more aggressive, and you've got Whiplash. Backing up Simmons is a truly great film that's more about a bloody need to prove you're the best. Intense, rich, and has an a different kind of explosive finale.  Read our review of Whiplash here. 3. Obvious Child  Within a year so full of men that even the cartoons resemble our landscape, Obvious Child stood out from the outset. I've always loved comedienne Jenny Slate as she's great at creating tragically trashy characters,  but I was just waiting for her to break out. And the wait's been worth it. Based off a short film of the same name, Obvious Child tackles not often spoken topics like womanhood, abortion, and late twenties uncertainty with not only tact, but a sophisticated and illuminating point of view with often hilarious results. Jenny Slate is a dynamo as Donna Stern, and the film ending's blend of awkwardness and hope still gives me chills.  2. Palo Alto As James Franco continues to branch out, some of his projects don't go over so well but are nonetheless interesting. His collection of short stories, Palo Alto, and its adaptation got some attention a few months back because Franco himself inadvertently hit on an underage girl on Instagram. That's the only reason I knew about the project, and now I realize how wrong I was. Palo Alto is f**king fantastic for all involved. A well realized weave of stories helped established a broken, and compelling world. I was so invested, I couldn't help but want more. Yet, we're given just the right amount of story thanks to Gia Coppola's outstanding direction.  Featuring an eclectic cast with Franco as a creepy teacher, Emma Roberts as a misguided teen, Jack (and to a lesser extent, Val) Kilmer as a lost kid, and Nat Wolff with the most emotionally charged performance of the year. Seriously, I could not believe that the kid from The Naked Brothers Band had some talent. The final scene of the film where he charges into the night has stuck with me to this day.  1. Fury With how much Obvious Child and Palo Alto stuck with me, only one film did much more. As a fan of David Ayer's career, I was on top of Fury from day one. Though my anticipation sort of wavered in the middle thanks to some bad trailer editing, and I didn't think Logan Lerman was going to be an effective lead, once I sat down with the film all of that faded away. Fury is magnificent. Five terrific performances anchor the film's small story within this admittedly overwrought setting. Fury isn't a typical WWII film, and it delivers with a not so typical emotionally charged finale.  And Shia LaBeouf? Thank you for giving up all of that Transformers trash. This is what you're meant to do.  Read our review of Fury here.  What are your favorite movies from 2014? Did I miss any of your favorites? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter! While you're at it, why not check out my Top 5 Animated Movies of 2014, Top 5 Sequels, Top 10 Movie Music Moments, and 2014's Best Dog in Film lists too!
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I have seen 107 films released in 2014. Here are 15 of the best ones
It was the best of films, it was the blurst of films. Hey everyone I'm Nick Valdez, News Editor here for Flixist and you've probably seen my name on a good chunk of the stuff written here. If not, then I'll tell you a bit abo...

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Check out this cool Edge of Tomorrow concept art

Jun 18
// Nick Valdez
I haven't seen Edge of Tomorrow for myself (maybe I'll see it tomorrow), but I've read the book and the adaptation sounds great according to Matt's recent review. If this concept art done by Kevin Jenkins is anything to go by...
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Edge of Tomorrow Trailer

Second trailer for Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise

"Live. Die. Repeat"
Mar 26
// Nick Valdez
With all of the reboots and sequels abound, Edge of Tomorrow looks refreshingly unique. Based on Kiroshi Sakurazaka's manga All You Need is Kill, Tom Cruise plays a soldier who repeats the same day every time he's killed in ...
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I'm on the edge of glory, and I'm hanging on a moment with you
In this first trailer for Edge of Tomorrow (stupidly changed from its original title, All You Need Is Kill) starring Tom Cruise as he runs toward and/or away from things, the human race is constantly put down by a super...


Simon Pegg is back for Mission Impossible 5

I'd kill a man to see Nicholas Angel VS Ethan Hunt
Nov 20
// Mike Cosimano
We've got a director, a writer, and a date for Mission: Impossible 5, so it's about time we start in on the cast. Of course Tom Cruise is back, and Jeremy Renner has also been tapped to reprise his role as Jeremy Renner's Cha...
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Mission: Impossible 2015

Mission: Impossible 5 gets 2015 release date

...just like everything else.
Nov 15
// Nick Valdez
I don't know how many more times I can complain about how bloated of a year 2015 is going to be. You've got a new Avengers, Jurassic World, Batman vs. Superman, a new Terminator, Ant-Man, a new Fantastic Four, a film based on...

Review: Oblivion

Apr 14 // Nathan Hardisty
[embed]215091:39795:0[/embed] OblivionDirector: Joseph KosinskiRelease Date: April 10, 2013 (UK), April 19, 2013 (US)Rating: 12A (UK), PG-13 (US) Oblivion follows a bloke called Jack Harper, former military guy, who in the near-future becomes a fancy 'Tech Support' guy. His job is to fix and maintain the drones that defend various Rigs which suck up the Earth's water. They do this to convert it to fusion and it is Jack's mission to keep this fusion flowing upwards into what's left of humanity. Yeah, this is a post-apocalyptic thing. After a war with an alien force, which humanity won, they have escaped a destroyed planet and it's Jack's job, along with the help of Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), to protect the last resource gathering efforts from the remnants of the defeated alien forces known as 'Scavengers'. There's however a bunch of twists and turns along the way which all guide Jack towards a search for a nostalgic truth. This is an incredibly promising film and there's a lot to be said for what it does realize. The vision of post-apocalyptic Earth is well crafted and often gripping in its warped picturesque view, the pieces of the 'old world' that Jack picks up throughout the story each also convey some great environmental meaning. The aesthetic from the cold, white 'drone' machinery, which Jack uses, is further enhanced by some excellent sound design. Much like Tron: Legacy, however, the absolute standout is the roaring soundtrack which is here composed by M83. It does wonders to make some bland action set-pieces appear like first-class thriller chunks. The stellar presentation unfortunately doesn't redeem a very confused film. The blending of 2001 references with computer-generated action pieces never seems to mesh cleanly. Some of the writing is also incredibly spotty in places, with the whole of the first act seemingly too bloated for its own good. Morgan Freeman's character also barely gets any screen-time before he has to deliver mouthfuls of exposition in order to move the story along. There's also a ton of plot holes to deal with, though then we'd be getting into spoilery territory. Let's just say, by the end, you won't be confused but you'll just have this tasteless disappointment. I do want to say that it's not necessarily a 'terrible' movie by any means, it just seems to have a very confused vision of itself. One moment is spent inside the genre tropes of the science-fiction as twists and technology interlink to create some good pieces of filmmaking. The next minute, however, you find yourself in a dull action sequence that has robots throwing computer-generated stuff in each other's faces. There's also a heavy lack of any attempt at trying to make any of the main characters likable, with the whole first act soaked in trying to create a mystery rather than create characters. Good science-fiction, in my opinion, has the ability to do both. Tom Cruise's appearance in this feature will probably divide a lot of people. Slotting an action lead into a science-fiction jumpsuit always does wonders for box office receipts, but I'm really not sure that he comfortably fits in with the rest of the film. I can only remember him smiling a little but, otherwise, he just runs about and pulls a growly face whenever something mysterious happens. Which happens a lot. Olga Kurylenko's character, who appears during the first twisty bits, just seems to be absolute filler in some places. She literally just stands there and nods while the plot moves forward. There's never a chance to get into her story and her head or her feelings. She's supposed to be this mystery in Jack's life but instead just ends up being a blatant plot device that brings about some of the twists whenever the story deems it relevant. It's a shame to see, for the billionth time, a useless female heroine who is there just to jump around and lunge after the hero's gonads while telling us the twists in-between.  Some of the twists do hit their mark, I have to admit. The 2001 imagery also helps to create a good sense of the world's uncanny feel. The main villain, once revealed, is also surprisingly quite chilling at times. The effective aesthetic also helps counter-balance some of the later action pieces, as they become more close-encounters rather than giant robots shooting things. There is a good amount of fun and cleverness underneath Oblivion but it simply fails to connect on a cerebral and emotional level. You just don't have time to be involved in the story due to the mountains of exposition and story-building that gets in the way. The direction and general aesthetic just can't help a story that just can't seem to find its audience. It's all one big superficial sheath for a very muddy core of a film. Oblivion is not a bad effort. Its aesthetic, soundtrack and some action beats help to create a mood and tone that is very distinct. I'm not sure, however, it's an atmosphere I want to buy into. Alongside some explicit 2001 references and some Blade Runner nods, there just isn't any decent connective tissue or 'originality' inside the film. It fails to capitalize on a multitude of levels, but what really catapults it into the mediocre charter is this heavy storytelling that has to spread out its many twists across its two-hour running time. The film, by the end, feels like a stretched and soggy piece of what could have been a very worthwhile endeavor. It has a powerful aesthetic and soundtrack but just doesn't deliver on any of its grandiose promises; it simply fails to amount to its own grand vision of itself.
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A brave yet muddled affair
A hard-boiled science-fiction in this day and age is somewhat hard to come by. We've had the cerebral Inception, among others, but nothing truly pure sci-fi for some time. Oblivion then is, at the very least, a prom...


New Oblivion TV spots have the moon getting blowed up

Mar 26
// Hubert Vigilla
There's something about mayhem perpetrated against the moon that I find kind of absurdly funny, whether it's threats to blow it up or Chairface Chippendale trying to write his name on it. In this new TV spot for Oblivion, a ...

Trailer: Oblivion

Not of the Elder Scrolls variety
Mar 14
// Thor Latham
Update: So yeah, this seems almost identical to the first trailer. If you can spot a difference, please feel free to share down in the comments. Though this is technically the second trailer for Oblivion, it's ...

Oblivion IMAX early release cancelled

Mar 05
// Logan Otremba
Universal Pictures really loves their movies to be released on IMAX. The month of April was rather busy for them with their release of Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX 3D for one week starting April 5th. Then Oblivion starring Tom Cr...

Trailer: Oblivion

Mar 01
// Nick Valdez
This week in Tom Cruise Runs From Things, we have the new trailer for Oblivion. And if you had even the slightest bit of interest in the film, I suggest you don't watch the trailer as it finds it fit to tell the entire film'...

Trailer: Oblivion

The plot thickens, still about Tom Cruise
Feb 13
// Matthew Razak
Oblivion has gone from quite the mystery in its first trailer to quite the intriguing film in this one (HD here). We learn a lot more about the film's plot and the "enemy" that Tom Cruise will be fighting in this d...

Review: Jack Reacher

Dec 21 // Matthew Razak
[embed]214155:39351[/embed] Jack ReacherDirector: Christopher McQuarrieRated: PG-13Release Date: December 21, 2012  According to a reliable source (my mother) Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is a character from a series of wildly popular books written by Lee Child. Also according to her (I brought her to the movie as she's way more knowledgeable than I) the film is a pretty good representation of the books. Jack Reacher is an ex-military police officer who has gone off the grid and helps random people using his badass crime solving skills and his yearning for justice. In this particular case he arrive sin Pittsburgh after he finds out someone from a previous case he worked on was involved in sniping murder. Joining forces with Helen (Rosammund Pike), the DA's daughter who is defending the alleged killer, he starts to unravel a conspiracy deeper than just a crazed shooter. Really the plot gives up most of its twists and turns early on as if to say "we know you figured it out already, let's just get to the action." There's very little you won't see coming in the film from a mile away, but it's truly not that big of an issue. You'll want the story to keep unfolding anyway just because it's damn fun to watch. Instead of trying to cover up its relatively weak mystery the film brazenly displays it like a badge of honor. The story is dumb and some of the characters are even dumber, but everyone knows it so there's not much reason to complain. Even the truly over-the-top aspects of the film manage to work. Werner Herzog (yes, that Werner Herzog) plays a villain so odd and ridiculous you'd expect him to hop out of a Roger Moore Bond film not a modern action piece. Called The Zek, his character is beyond ridiculous, coming off more laughable than threatening and yet working so well that you can't help but enjoy it when he starts describing how he had to gnaw his fingers off in a Siberian prison. He's delightfully campy and played to the absolute hilt. Cruise on the other hand busts out all the charm to turn what could have been an absolutely dreadful screenplay into some of the best one-liners this side of Sean Connery. According to my aforementioned motherly source (she liked the film, by the way) Cruise is pretty much the epitome of Jack Reacher except for the fact that he looks nothing like the character from the books. Cruise swaggers on screen with an arrogant cockiness that somehow instantly endears you to the character and basically spends the rest of the film kicking ass, being a dick and charming the pants off of everyone in the theater. There's a reason this man could climb his career back out of the crazy pit he dug it into and it's because he's just so damn good on screen. The rest of the cast is basically there to receive his one-liners and try not to break out laughing at the stupid stuff the screenplay has everyone say. Of course what's an action movie without action. While Jack Reacher is a long shot from the likes of a Michael Bay film it's action is still solid. Hitting the sweet spot between grounded fight scenes and Reacher being nigh-invulnerable the movie delivers some brutal battles. More impressive is an old school car chase with nary a digital effect (Cruise did a lot of his own driving) and no score over it all. I was instantly reminded of Bullit's classic car chase through the streets of San Francisco as the cars veered around sharp corners in an old-school sloppiness you just don't see in modern action films. Screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie is going to be delivering some great stuff in the future if this is how he handles action. Is Jack Reacher an instant action classic? No, not really. As stated before, it is really stupid and the screenplay is truly awful at certain points to the extent that the audience was snickering for a good chunk of the film. Dumb action is enjoyable, but this dumb does get a little old at points, especially on the few occasions when the film actually does try to be a bit smarter. Those are some rough patches, but for the most part they're quickly glazed over as more action, quips and Tom Cruise being awesome fly onto the screen to save the day.
Dumb as dirt, but that's not a problem
There was a time not so long ago when we were all OK with our action movies being stupid. A time before the likes of The Dark Knight or Skyfall or even the deceptively smart Avengers. A time when all an action movie...


Trailer: Oblivion

Tom Cruise is all post-apocalyptic
Dec 10
// Hubert Vigilla
Even though Tom Cruise is busy taking five guys at the same time, we now have a trailer for his next film, Oblivion. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), Oblivion looks like a strange mash-up of Wall-E and The Om...

Tom Cruise takes 5 guys at the same time in Jack Reacher

Burgers, fries, and lots of blows to the crotch
Dec 06
// Hubert Vigilla
Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise is just around the corner, and there's a new clip out to show just how lethal he is. Watch has he takes on five guys at the same time without breaking a sweat. Even though Jack Reacher doesn'...

International Trailer: Jack Reacher

Dec 05
// Nick Valdez
While the narration in this new trailer for Jack Reacher is in Japanese, you can tell from the English parts that the movie has a plot. Which is definitely more than I could say for the first one which deemed it appropriate ...

New clip from Jack Reacher is about Jack Reacher

He's also apparently a very thrifty shopper
Dec 03
// Thor Latham
While not particularly exciting, this new clip from Jack Reacher makes up for it with some very pertinent information, such as exactly who Jack Reacher is, which is to say, he's like most of Tom Cruise's characters, a b...

NYC: Spend an evening with Tom Cruise - 12/17

Dec 03 // Hubert Vigilla
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES AN EVENING WITH TOM CRUISE, CELEBRATING SOME OF HIS MOST ICONIC CHARACTERS, CULMINATING WITH A SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING OF JACK REACHER All proceeds for the screening will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 50th Anniversary Fund The event will kick-off a career retrospective, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: THE FILMS OF TOM CRUISE, taking place December 18-20th New York, NY (December 3, 2012) - The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that they will host An Evening with Tom Cruise on Monday, December 17th, taking a look at some of Cruise's most iconic character work in a conversation with moderator and New York Film Festival Director of Programming, Kent Jones. The event will be followed by a sneak preview screening of Cruise's new film JACK REACHER, in which he plays a tough ex-military investigator out for justice -- a character that audiences have come to love from the three-time Academy Award® nominated actor. Tickets are $50 and $35 and all proceeds from the event will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 50th Anniversary Fund, which supports the new education program and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 10th. The event will be held at the Rose Theater, (5th floor of the Time Warner Center, Broadway and 60th street). Visit for more information. "Tom's body of work is defined by the bold characters he plays so brilliantly and his collaborations with filmmaking's most venerable directors. Tom consistently chooses smart and exciting projects and we are pleased to present audiences with a first look at his newest role, Jack Reacher," said FSLC Executive Director Rose Kuo. "We are honored to host this exciting evening and to support our 50th anniversary fund to benefit education and emerging artists." An Evening with Tom Cruise will kick off a film retrospective that reunites fans with a selection of Cruise's most beloved characters. The retrospective, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: THE FILMS OF TOM CRUISE, runs December 18-20th and will include a seven-film tribute to some of his most extraordinary work: BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JERRY MAGUIRE, THE LAST SAMURAI, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, RAIN MAN, RISKY BUSINESS and TOP GUN. "It's incredibly fortunate that the Film Society chose the opening week of JACK REACHER to pay tribute to Tom's incredible talent and accomplishments" said the film's director Christopher McQuarrie. "I've had the great luck to find myself working with an incomparable actor in this extraordinary role at the peak of an unparalleled career." After his big screen debut in ENDLESS LOVE (1981), Cruise made such an impression on director Harold Becker in the military drama TAPS (1981) that it inspired Becker to give him a larger role in the film, that of Cadet Captain David Shawn. Cruise's performance in TAPS effectively launched his career, leading him to be cast in Francis Ford Coppola's THE OUTSIDERS (1983) alongside a group of celebrated young actors that collectively became known as "the brat pack". Since then, from his iconic slide across the floor of a suburban Chicago living room in RISKY BUSINESS (1983) to his considerably riskier footwork atop a Dubai skyscraper in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL (2011), Cruise has spent a remarkable three decades as the world's most popular movie star, and one of its most adventurous and unpredictable actors. An instant pop culture sensation for his role as the fighter pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in TOP GUN (1986), Cruise quickly cemented his serious dramatic credentials opposite Dustin Hoffman in RAIN MAN (1988) and in Oliver Stone's BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) where he earned his first Academy Award® nomination as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Cruise has since earned two more Academy Award® nominations -- Best Actor for Cameron Crowe's JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) and Best Supporting Actor for Paul Thomas Anderson's MAGNOLIA (1999), with both films earning him Golden Globes for the critically acclaimed performances. His career has been singular in working with the most noteworthy directors such as Coppola, Stone, Stanley Kubrick in EYES WIDE SHUT (1999), Steven Spielberg in MINORITY REPORT (2002) and WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005), and Michael Mann in COLLATERAL (2004), while breaking box-office records in blockbusters like THE LAST SAMURAI and the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE series. Tickets for the Monday, December 17th conversation and Jack Reacher screening will be available beginning Monday, December 10th. The event will be held at the Rose Theater, on the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center (Broadway and 60th street). Tickets will be sold for $50 and $35, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 50th Anniversary Fund, which supports the new education program and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Visit for additional information. Special Two Film Package available for the films in the retrospective, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: THE FILMS OF TOM CRUISE, running from December 18-20th. Tickets on sale today, visit All screenings will take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam). Films, Descriptions & Schedule An Evening with Tom Cruise featuring a Sneak Preview Screening of Jack ReacherFresh from his biggest worldwide success to date with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and about to hit screens in the hotly anticipated Jack Reacher, we are pleased to welcome three-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Cruise for a career-spanning conversation moderated by New York Film Festival Director of Programming, Kent Jones, followed by a special advance screening of Cruise's latest film, Jack Reacher, directed by Christopher McQuarrie. All proceeds from the event will go to the Film Society's 50th Anniversary Fund, which supports the new education programs and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Info on the fund can be found at JACK REACHER (2012) 130minDirector: Christopher McQuarrieCountry: USAFrom The New York Times bestselling author Lee Child comes one of the most compelling heroes to step from novel to screen -- ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep. Written for the screen and directed by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects). Co-starring Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall!*Mon. Dec 17, 7:00PM BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) 145minDirector: Oliver StoneCountry: USACruise earned the first of three Oscar nominations for his transformative portrayal of disillusioned Vietnam vet Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's shattering portrait of the loss of American innocence.*Wed. Dec 19, 9:00PM JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) 139minDirector: Cameron CroweCountry: USACruise earned his second Best Actor Oscar nomination as the eponymous high-powered sports agent whose existential epiphany loses him all but one client (Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) in Cameron Crowe's wry American success story.*Thurs. Dec 20, 8:45PM THE LAST SAMURAI (2003) 154minDirector: Ed ZwickCountry: USAEd Zwick's visually majestic, old fashioned Hollywood epic stars Cruise as a disillusioned Civil War vet (Cruise) hired to train conscript in Japan's first modern army, caught between the past and present of a rapidly changing nation.*Thurs. Dec 20, 3:30PM MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996) 110minDirector: Brian De PalmaCountry: USAFinding himself the only survivor of a mission gone awry, secret agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) must unravel the conspiracy in the film that launched the successful franchise, directed by master of suspense Brian De Palma.*Thurs. Dec 20, 6:30PM RAIN MAN (1988) 133minDirector: Barry LevinsonCountry: USAAs a slick yuppie unexpectedly reunited with his autistic older brother (Dustin Hoffman), Cruise more than holds his own in Barry Levinson's beloved 1988 Oscar-winner.*Wed. Dec 19, 6:00PM RISKY BUSINESS (1983) 98minDirector: Paul BrickmanCountry: USAWhen mom and dad leave town, an enterprising Chicago teen (21-year-old Cruise in his star-making role) gets in over his head with a kind-hearted prostitute (Rebecca De Mornay) in writer-director Paul Brickman's sparkling coming-of-age comedy.*Wed. Dec 19, 3:45PM TOP GUN (1986) 110minDirector: Tony ScottCountry: USACruise flew into the danger zone (and sent sales of Ray-Bans and leather jackets soaring) as a hotshot Navy pilot romancing his civilian instructor (Kelly McGillis) in producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott's prototypical '80s blockbuster.*Tues. Dec 18, 8:30PM Film Society of Lincoln Center Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, having just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award -- now named "The Chaplin Award" -- to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit and follow #filmlinc on Twitter.
Event kicks off a seven-film Tom Cruse retrospective at The Walter Reade Theater
Tom Cruise will be at the Rose Theater on Monday, December 17th for a conversation about his work and a special early screening of Jack Reacher. This conversation will be moderated by Kent Jones, New York Film Festival Direct...


Two new TV spots for Jack Reacher

Nov 19
// Hubert Vigilla
Two TV spots have shown up for Jack Reacher, which casts 5'7", dark-haired, green-eyed Tom Cruise as Lee Child's 6'5" Aryan superman. The one above gives a nice brief look at evil Werner Herzog, no doubt playing a cousin of ...

Trailer: Jack Reacher

Oct 18
// Hubert Vigilla
Here's the latest trailer for Jack Reacher. Like the previous trailer, the film tries to turn the 5'7", 160ish-pound, brown-haired, green-eyed Tom Cruise into the 6'5", 230-pound, blond-haired, blue-eyed title character. He ...

Tom Cruise's One Shot renamed Jack Reacher, just because

May 30
// Xander Markham
Paramount have decided to change the name of the upcoming adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot to the name of its protagonist, Jack Reacher, because we all know how well that worked out for John Carter. It's an awful decision f...

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