Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures,  Skydance Media, TC Productions. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Raphael Benoliel, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Peter Wenham.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film…

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The Mummy (2017)

ALEX KURTZMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Universal Pictures, Dark Universe, Dentsu, Perfect World Pictures (Beijing), Sean Daniel Company, Secret Hideout.  Screen story by Jon Spaihts, Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Screenplay by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman.  Cinematography by Ben Seresin.  Produced by Sarah Bradshaw, Sean Daniel, Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Jon…

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Bad Robot, China Movie Channel, Alibaba Pictures Group, Odin, TC Productions.  USA, 2015.  Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.  Story by Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series by Bruce Geller.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise, David Ellison,…

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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 a member of the military who wears a uniform on television but, when interviewed by a general with a perpetually furrowed brow…

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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 superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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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 first Tom Cruise adventure was craftier and better at paying tribute to international spy thrillers of the sixties, this time director John…

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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 lovers’ anguish, I mean that the film is so terrible that I have a physical reaction while watching it. Brooke Shields plays a…

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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 major struggle to pay the rent. When he does start to achieve some success selling his stories, he ends up feeling an…

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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 once-famous, now crumbling action movie star (Stiller), a drug-addicted comedian (Jack Black) and a multiple award-winning, troubled but devoted actor (Robert Downey…

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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 aptly spoofed the many spy thrillers that have permeated pop culture for the last half-century. Two sequels removed, the gross-out humour and…

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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 political science course. In Washington, a successful journalist (Meryl Streep) is brought in to a one-hour interview with a Republican senator (Tom…

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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 picks up trouble in the form of Tom Cruise. Cruise forces Foxx to drive him around Los Angeles to five different locations,…

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