Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tag: Tom Cruise

American Made (2017)

Title: American Made
Rating: R
Directed by: Doug Liman
Written by: Gary Spinelli
Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jayma Mays
Release Date: 9/29/2017
Running Time: 115 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Note: At the end of the credits we see the text “AND YES, WE KNOW THAT’S NOT EL SALVADOR.”, referring to he scene where Barry Seal confuses Honduras for Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Dedication: For Arthur.

Special thanks to Kristo, and Saran for this submission


Mummy, The (2017)

Title: The Mummy
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Written by: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe
Release Date: 6/9/2017
Running Time: 110 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Was seeing The Mummy in IMAX 3D, 3D or 4D worth the cost?

My Scientology Movie (2015)?

Title: My Scientology Movie
Rating: NR
Directed by: John Dower
Written by: John Dower and Louis Theroux
Starring: Louis Theroux, Rob Alter and Tom Cruise
Release Date: 3/10/2017
Running Time: 99 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Unknown

 

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Unknown

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

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Title: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Written by: Richard Wenk, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz
Based on the book by: Lee Child
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany and Robert Knepper
Release Date: 10/21/2016
Running Time: 118 minutes

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Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated action packed sequel JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. The film follows Reacher as he races to uncover the truth about active duty soldiers, once under his command, who are being killed.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Was seeing Jack Reacher: Never Go Back in IMAX worth the cost?

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Review – 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is the kind of film that was meant for summers. I have seen several more ambitious and thought provoking movies this summer but Rogue Nation is the type of film that was built in the name of pure entertainment. It doesn’t have an original story and at the end of the day I would only call it pretty good, but this movie is nothing if it doesn’t have some breathtaking action scenes, a strong cast and a good sense of humor.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is the leader of IMF, a secret organization that does the dirty jobs that need to get done behind the back of the public. They have become controversial and they are shut down while Ethan is tracking down a secret organization called The Syndicate that fights for the opposite of what IMF wants. With the help of his friends Luther (Ving Rhames), William (Jeremy Renner) and Benji (Simon Pegg) as well as the help of a mysterious lady named Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) who is either working with them or for The Syndicate, Ethan must hunt (hah) down Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the twisted, brilliant soldier who has become the head of the terrorist group.

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As I mentioned before, the story for this is pretty weak. Firstly, The Syndicate is a clear copy of the underground criminal organization Spectre from the Bond franchise. It’s only that much more ridiculous when you consider how that area is going to be brought to life later this year in the unsurprisingly named Bond film Spectre. Secondly, not nearly as much effort was put into building The Syndicate here in comparison to how they present Spectre in Bond. Spectre was an idea that was built up throughout the early Bond films and you actually got the sense that one person would be there to replace another if they were to fall down in those movies. It’s this maddening and unstoppable secret only spoken of in the darkest of shadows. Here, the only real big member of the Syndicate you get to see is Solomon and we never get to see any of the other big names that work for this thing. You don’t get the sense of The Syndicate being this big, complex thing that will keep chasing IMF. The way they conclude The Syndicate by the end feels too easily wrapped up as though this entire thing falls the moment Solomon falls. It doesn’t make any sense and its clear the writers have no interest in making The Syndicate this massive thing that will an equally important role in future Mission Impossible movies.

Also, for as uninspired as the overall story is, it sure has a confusing way of explaining a lot of areas of the plot. On a small scale, a lot of the smaller pieces that are there to move the story forward seemed unsatisfying. The film seems to create these ridiculous, hard to follow plot points that justify another action scene or help move its mundane, useless storyline forward. It goes out of its way to make the story this hard to follow thing which I can usually respect in something like a drama or a science fiction. The problem is that the overcomplicated story here clearly isn’t meant to be understood and you can shut it out and have an equal if not better experience watching the flick doing so. The movie goes out of its way to add these weird twists and sloppy explanations and if you try to follow them you will be rewarded with something that is not nearly as rewarding or enriching as it presents itself up to be. The movie is smart in the artificial, messy way that doesn’t require for them to include actual intelligence.

The movie does largely accomplish being high entertainment in two different areas, the action scenes and the charm. The film has the shame of being a really good action film the summer of one of the most beautifully crafted action movies I’ve ever seen (oh what a film, what a lovely film). That being said, this movie manages to have some really impressive scenes that will leave you wondering how they were able to do that. The moment of Tom Cruise hanging outside the door of a plane has been posted everywhere by now but to actually watch it and then remember that this is a real stunt that Tom Cruise pulled off is unbelievable. An intense scene with an equally unforgettable stunt happens later on when Ethan Hunt has to rob something underwater. He actually has to hold his breathe underwater for 3 to 4 minutes all while being tossed around by this strong current. It’s such an exciting, well shot scene that makes you wonder how Cruise was able to perform it and how director Christopher McQuarrie was able to shoot it.

But all of this doesn’t match the brilliantly executed fight scene at the opera house in Vienna. The basic premise of what is going on here sounds like something out of an old Hitchcock movie. Ethan is fighting a sniper during the play as this assassin tries to take down the Austrian chancellor on a specific note in a song. It doesn’t have the best stunts in the film or the most tension but it is proof that a fight scene can be beautiful if it’s perfectly shot and edited. The classical music mixes together with shots of the two men fighting at the top of this opera house all while these other people on different sides are trying to a much smaller extent to foil the plans of their opponents. It’s this excellent moment of chaos set to this classy, magical setting and soundtrack. It’s hard to explain here but it’s grand and epic when you’re watching it unfold. It’s this simple sounding action scene but it manages to be both an original piece of filmmaking as well as a thrilling tribute to a much more elegant age in studio thrillers.

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The movie has great action scenes but it’s also helped by its great cast. The film has this group of actors who are doing their best possible version of something they’ve done countless times before in previous movies. Tom Cruise plays the eccentric, action film leader he was in Oblivion or Top Gun. Simon Pegg plays the wacky comedic relief he was in the Star Trek films. Alec Baldwin is the stern, cynical bureaucrat like in Mercury Rising or Pearl Harbor. The difference here is that these actors seem to be doing the perfected versions of these parts they’ve play dozens of times. Tom Cruise is one of the best action film stars working in Hollywood and he breathes wit and charm into these parts that would’ve felt dull and bland with a darker, more humorless lead like Chris Hemsworth or even Brad Pitt. Pegg is significantly better here than in the Star Trek film because he manages to play an important part to the story as well as be really, really hilarious. I also used to consider Jeremy Renner a very uninteresting actor when it comes to being in action films but I think he’s starting to become a lot more charismatic in films like this and Age of Ultron than he was several years ago in The Bourne Legacy. The definite best of the lot is new Mission Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa. She’s smart, cool and sexy and the confusion and frustration she has with being caught between these two identities makes for the heart of Rogue Nation. Ilsa is the femme fatale that you would expect to see in again, an old Hitchcock film. It’s also really respectable that she doesn’t end up with Hunt by the end of the film.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation isn’t surprising or new but it packs a lot of fun due to its likable cast and some outstanding action scenes. I would definitely recommend checking this action flick over all the ones that still happen to be in theaters. It’s a cool, breezy piece of popcorn entertainment that will leave you feeling pleasant and satisfied.

Rating:(3.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 7/31/2015

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Screenplay by: Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce

Based on the television series by: Bruce Geller

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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TITLE: Edge of Tomorrow (aka. Edge of Tomorrow 3D, Edge of Tomorrow: An IMAX 3D Experience & Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow)

RELEASE DATE: 6/6/2014

RATING: PG-13

An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.

What did you think of this film?


Was seeing it in 3D/IMAX 3D worth the cost?

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Amazon

IMDb


During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Oblivion (2013)

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TITLE: Oblivion (aka. Oblivion: The IMAX Experience)

RELEASE DATE: 4/19/2013

RATING: PG-13

A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

What did you think of this film?


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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Special thanks to Oz for this submission


Top Gun (1986)

TITLE: Top Gun (aka Top Gun: An IMAX 3D Experience)

RELEASE DATE: 5/16/1986

RATING: PG

As students at the Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young flyer learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

What did you think of this film?


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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

NOTE: Dedicated in memory of Art Scholl.


Jack Reacher (2012)

TITLE: Jack Reacher

RELEASE DATE: 12/21/2012

RATING: PG-13

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

What did you think of this film?


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During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Mission: Impossible III (2006)

TITLE: Mission: Impossible III

RELEASE DATE: 5/5/2006

RATING: PG-13

Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend.

What did you think of this film?


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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Special thanks to Xabier C. for this submission


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