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Tom Cruise is back in the exciting Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Poster Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

In the first ten minutes of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we see special agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) climbing aboard a moving plane as it begins taking flight. Hunt is tracking a massive stack of weapons on the plane and won’t surrender...

Ant-Man Poster Ant-Man

It’s an undeniable fact that today’s superhero movies are often dark and explosion-driven affairs that lack the fun and adventure that were once staples of the genre. It was only a week ago that Warner Brothers, during its presentation at...

The Gallows Poster The Gallows

The Gallows is a rare found footage film that works better than it should. Unlike other such movies, there’s a reason here that explains why so much of the story is videotaped despite the fact that the the movie’s characters are running for...

Minions Movie Poster Minions

Making a feature-length film about a group of funny supporting characters is always a tricky proposition. Making a feature-length film about a group of funny supporting characters who barely speak in words— let alone sentences— must’ve have...

Terminator Genisys Poster Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys could’ve helped reboot the entire franchise. Instead, this fifth installment in the long-running series helps undermine it. Director Alan Taylor knows how to continue cinematic stories that other filmmakers have started. In...

Magic Mike XXL Poster Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL feels less like a sequel to a 2012 sleeper hit and more than a bland television episode of a show that’s aged past its prime. In the original film, the characters were growing as they welcomed in an addition to their strip club...

Ted 2 Movie Poster Ted 2

Three years ago, writer/director Seth MacFarlane introduced audiences to a great bromance between a grown man named John (Mark Wahlberg) and his profanity-loving teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane). Ted (2013) was MacFarlane’s first film as a...

Max Movie Poster Max

At the beginning and end of the new family drama Max, the filmmakers tell us about the importance of military dogs. In text appearing during the opening moments , it’s noted that over 3000 dogs have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and that dogs...

Inside Out Movie Poster Inside Out

In his speech to the 2011 graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania, two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington discussed the importance of failure. He noted, “Thomas Edison conducted 1000 failed experiments. Did you know that? I didn’t...

Spy Movie Poster Spy

Spy is a James Bond-type spoof that never loses sight of its story. The actors, many of them playing broadly against type, seemingly find joy in breaking away from the concepts we hold of them and showing their true comedic capabilities....

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