Tag Archive: Tom Cruise

The Mummy (2017)

BB.5 (out of 5) The reboot that no one needed, this adventure film is never scary and is not particularly smart, but it’s easy enough to sit through.  A miscast Tom Cruise and… Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

BBBB (out of 5) Ethan Hunt is at a low point when this adventure begins, his IMF unit decommissioned by the government and absorbed by the CIA thanks to the protestations of angry… Continue reading

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Edge Of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Tom Cruise hits paydirt for the first time in years with this smart, genuinely fun and surprisingly funny adventure film that puts Groundhog Day into a science-fiction future. He plays… Continue reading

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his… Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible II

BBB (out of 5) This time the film is shorter on brains and longer on excitement, making it pretty much just as good as the original but on its own terms. Where the… Continue reading

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Endless Love

0 (out of 5) This is quite simply one of the most painful movies ever made. I don’t mean that the emotions are so strong that they make it hard to bear the… Continue reading

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Ask The Dust

B.5 (out of 5) Incredibly dreary, uninvolving drama set in Depression-era Hollywood. Colin Farrell plays an Italian-American writer who shows up in L.A. in the hopes of chasing the dream, but finds only a… Continue reading

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Tropic Thunder

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Stiller continues his assault on the pretensions of show business with this hilarious follow-up to Zoolander. This time Hollywood itself is the target of the acidic humour as a… Continue reading

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Austin Powers In Goldmember

BB (out of 5) In the first installment of this comedy series, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, writer/star Mike Myers surrounded a bunch of hysterical sight gags with a witty premise that… Continue reading

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Lions For Lambs

BB.5 (out of 5) Three stories play out simultaneously in this highly charged political drama. A university professor (Robert Redford) in California councils a student (Andrew Garfield) about his failing attendance in his… Continue reading

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Collateral

BBBB (out of 5) Jamie Foxx is excellent as a cab driver who drops off the beginning of a promising relationship in the form of Jada Pinkett Smith (who has never been more captivating) and… Continue reading

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Knight And Day

BB (out of 5) Cameron Diaz is an antique car restorer who is on a routine flight home for her sister’s wedding when she notices something odd on her flight; she comes back from… Continue reading

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Minority Report

BBBB (out of 5) In a not-too-distant future, three humans are, as the result of genetic tampering, imbued with the ability to predict murders through their linked psychic dreams. A special task force… Continue reading

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War Of The Worlds

BBB.5 (out of 5) Thrilling remake of the Oscar-winning 1953 adaptation of the H.G. Wells story, which was first made famous by Orson Welles’ radio broadcast on Hallowe’en of 1938. While the basic… Continue reading

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Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into… Continue reading

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Top Gun

BB.5 (out of 5) Tom Cruise is a pilot school student who lives under the shadow of his father’s accidental death and the weight of his own smug self-confidence. Constantly at war with authority,… Continue reading

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Losin’ It

BB.5 (out of 5) Familiar eighties silliness as four teenagers in 1965 California get into a gorgeous red Chevy convertible and head to Tijuana to get themselves laid. Cock of the walk John… Continue reading

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Far And Away

BB (out of 5) Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman made three movies together during their marriage, all of them proof that they shouldn’t make movies together. Cruise stars as a plucky young Irish… Continue reading

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Rain Man

BBBB (out of 5) This touching family drama was completely overrated at the time of its release but it still has good reason to be remembered.  Tom Cruise plays a bitter, emotionally distant importer… Continue reading

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The Firm

BBB (out of 5) The first film adaptation of a John Grisham novel is still the most financially successful.  Tom Cruise plays a green lawyer who is hired to work at an awe-inspiring law… Continue reading

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Legend

B (out of 5) Tom Cruise looks perpetually embarrassed to be appearing in this terrible fantasy, the last film he released before Top Gun made him a superstar. He plays an elven forest… Continue reading

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Born On The Fourth Of July

BBBB (out of 5) The second part of Oliver Stone’s Vietnam trilogy is this biography of veteran Ron Kovic, upon whose book the film is based, with Tom Cruise doing a fantastic job of… Continue reading

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Eyes Wide Shut

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating final film by Stanley Kubrick requires mountains of patience but is rewarding. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play a happy ‘vanilla American’ couple whose stability is thrown to the wind… Continue reading

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Cocktail

B (out of 5) When production on Rain Man was delayed for various reasons, Tom Cruise killed the six extra months he suddenly had on his hands by filming this dreadful film, probably… Continue reading

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A Few Good Men

BBBB (out of 5) Riveting courtroom dramas are a dime a dozen, but this shining example of quality filmmaking adds star power and Rob Reiner’s tightscrew direction and it’s a real winner. Tom… Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible

BBBB (out of 5) Brian De Palma has done a great job with bringing the classic sixties television show to a nineties sensibility, and he’s got a veritable movie star like Tom Cruise… Continue reading

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Elizabethtown

B (out of 5) Cameron Crowe’s successor to the wonderful films Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous is this unmitigated mess that tries to capture the best of both films (basically the quirky romance… Continue reading

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Vanilla Sky

BB.5 (out of 5) Useless remake of Alejandro Amenabar’s terrifying Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes now has Tom Cruise as a rich and handsome young man whose face is disfigured after a jealous woman… Continue reading

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Jerry Maguire

BBBB (out of 5) Tom Cruise‘s best performance (not including the tabloids or his many lawsuits) is this excellent comedy-drama by the charismatic Cameron Crowe. He plays a hotshot sports agent who one… Continue reading

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The Outsiders

BB (out of 5) The immense appeal that made S.E. Hinton’s novella such a hit with juveniles for years after its initial publication is nowhere to be found in this shallow adaptation by… Continue reading

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Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

BBBB (out of 5) Marvelous vampire horror film adapted by Anne Rice from her popular novel. A modern-day reporter (Christian Slater) in San Francisco sits down with a 400 year-old vampire (Brad Pitt)… Continue reading

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The Color Of Money

BBBB (out of 5) The saga of ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson from The Hustler is continued in this enjoyable drama. Felson (Paul Newman), now older and not much into the game of pool, has… Continue reading

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All The Right Moves

BB.5 (out of 5) The year of the Cruise constituted the star-making Risky Business, the lamentable Losin’ It and this minor charmer. Tom plays a highschool student in a middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania town who… Continue reading

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Risky Business

BBBB (out of 5) Enter Star: you couldn’t hear enough about Tom Cruise after the success of this comedy made him the symbol of youthful rebellion for generations to come. The image of him… Continue reading

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Taps

BB.5 (out of 5) The Hardy Boys go to military school! Some of this drama is enjoyable and worth taking seriously, but most of it is silly fluff that teenage boys will thrive… Continue reading

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Magnolia

BBBBB (out of 5) Moving tribute to broken hearts and missed opportunities, with Paul Thomas Anderson presenting a wide assortment of residents in the San Fernando Valley who struggle from their lowest points… Continue reading

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Oblivion

BB (out of 5) It is years after a battle with aliens has destroyed life on planet earth, including destroying the moon, whose pieces hang in the sky like a spilled pile of… Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible III

BBB.5 (out of 5) In 1996, megastar Tom Cruise worked overtime for his audiences, providing us with the slam bang action of Mission: Impossible and giving us a glimpse into his tender soul with… Continue reading

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