Tag Archives: Tom Cruise

Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

SOME MISSIONS ARE NOT A CHOICE. In my original review of the first movie in this franchise, I wrote that it’s underappreciated. I still consider it the best chapter of the series, but here comes number six and it isn’t far off. It’s not just that it has amazing action set pieces, but it knows … Continue reading Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

THINGS FALL DOWN. PEOPLE LOOK UP. AND WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.  After the success of Boogie Nights (1997), director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself in a very fortunate position and thought hard about how to take advantage. He started writing what was supposed to be a small and intimate movie, but it blossomed and … Continue reading Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

Eyes Wide Shut

After attending a Christmas party that results in an argument with his wife (Nicole Kidman), New York doctor Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) leaves their apartment and is ultimately tempted to go to a mysterious engagement at a country mansion… Stanley Kubrick’s last movie became his biggest commercial hit because of the leads’ star charisma and … Continue reading Eyes Wide Shut

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

DESPERATE TIMES. DESPERATE MEASURES.  As the IMF is about to be shut down by the government, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes on the lam from the CIA and tries to prove the existence of a vast criminal network. The fifth chapter in the franchise reunites Cruise with his Jack Reacher director; opening with a knockout … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Top Gun

UP THERE WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST.  Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) attends the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, but his reckless performance as a fighter pilot and his romance with one of the instructors (Kelly McGillis) could ground him forever… One of the most popular blockbusters of the 1980s is impressively staged with golden-hued … Continue reading Top Gun

The Firm

POWER CAN BE MURDER TO RESIST.   Brilliant Harvard law student Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is recruited by a Memphis firm that is very generous to him and his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn)… but they have much to hide. The first adaptation of a John Grisham novel had perfect roles for two major stars; Cruise and … Continue reading The Firm

Born on the Fourth of July: All Quiet on the Southeastern Front

A STORY OF INNOCENCE LOST AND COURAGE FOUND.   It took a while for me to realize that the date I revisited this film on Bluray was July 4th. I may be daft, but so is anyone who doesn’t consider this film to be another example of just how patriotic Oliver Stone is. Along with … Continue reading Born on the Fourth of July: All Quiet on the Southeastern Front