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The First Mission: Impossible Movie Is Very '90s And Very Necessary

There has never been a bad Mission: Impossible movie. They’ve all been ridiculous. They’ve all strained credulity. They’ve all had dense, convoluted plots that don’t really stand up to any scrutiny. They’ve all functionally served as Tom Cruise stunt reels, the plots reduced to incoherent connective tissue propping up… »7/31/15 12:31pm7/31/15 12:31pm

The New Mission: Impossible Is Almost Better Than The New Mad Max

1. I think if the Mission: Impossible franchise starred anyone other than Tom Cruise, we’d regard all these movies as classics. All five have been excellent in their own ways, but unlike any other franchise I can think of, each sequel is better than its predecessor. Each has a different director, and different… »7/30/15 2:11pm7/30/15 2:11pm

Did Katie Holmes Have a Secret Entrance to Whole Foods in Chelsea?

In the summer of 2012, shortly after she filed divorce papers to dissolve her marriage to Tom Cruise, the actress Katie Holmes moved into a Manhattan apartment complex called the Chelsea Mercantile. The prewar building has 354 units, a private garage, and, on the street level, a Whole Foods Market, where Holmes began… »3/27/15 11:16am3/27/15 11:16am

Cruise Control: The Loopy Terror Of Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise is not like us. This was always pretty evident, but as recently detailed in this great Amy Nicholson L.A. Weekly story, it became inescapable fact around 2005, when he jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch. That story is full of convincing evidence that the whole couch episode didn't happen the way you remember… »7/10/14 12:14pm7/10/14 12:14pm

Groundhog Day Goes Sci-Fi: Edge Of Tomorrow, Reviewed.

1. Edge of Tomorrow is such a terrific idea for a movie that everyone involved seems to be in high spirits, like they all have a little pep in their step knowing they're making a good movie. There's so much junk out there that you can tell when the filmmakers know they've hooked a big one; there's a seriousness of… »6/03/14 1:36pm6/03/14 1:36pm

Grierson & Leitch's Year In Review: The Best Forgotten Performances

Yes, many people are already writing their Top 10 movie lists for 2012. We're saving ours for the last week of the year, but while we wait for this full, rich, and weird movie year to end, we're going to start looking back at certain highlights. Today, it's our favorite performances that won't be rewarded come Oscar… »11/27/12 5:04pm11/27/12 5:04pm

Tom Cruise Vs. Werner Herzog And Adventures In Perilous White People Tourism: It's Time For Trailer Hitch

The summer movie world is in a bit of a lull right now: Spider-Man showed up in time for July 4, Savages sneaked in just under the "Blake Lively Being Double Teamed-Themed Festivus Day" holiday wire and now everyone's slowing their roll for a couple of weeks until The Dark Knight Rises opens. Which means it's time to… »7/06/12 4:30pm7/06/12 4:30pm

So, Who Embarrasses Himself The Most In Rock of Ages?

The central appeal—or anti-appeal—of any Hollywood adaptation of a musical is not about the music or the choreography or the set pieces; it's about watching actors who don't usually sing, sing. One of the most fun aspects of Chicago was learning how charming and deft Richard Gere was; it was equally enlightening to… »6/13/12 6:25pm6/13/12 6:25pm