Kevin Spacey: Separating the artist from the art

Don't let this man's life outside of his art diminish the work others created in his presence.

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The Mummy (**1/2) guesses wrong…a lot

This film is messy, but it's not a complete disaster. It guesses a lot and most of those guesses land awkwardly... The film is passable, but in no way can we consider it the solid basis for the Dark Universe franchise. The sense of adventure exhibited in this film could lead to something better. It's a long shot, though.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (***1/2) Needs desperate times…

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 2015 Written and Directed by Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin One of the funniest scenes in the entire M:I series takes place during the 3rd act. As the principal protagonists surround a person of interest, one of the good guys, Benji (Pegg) is kidnapped by … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (***1/2) Needs desperate times…

Edge Of Tomorrow (***1/2): Try, try again…

Edge of Tomorrow - 2014 Director Doug Liman Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka First thing's first.  Edge of Tomorrow is a likable film.  Tom Cruise puts everything into it, just like usual.  Cruise's Major William Cage is a mouthpiece … Continue reading Edge Of Tomorrow (***1/2): Try, try again…

Jack the Giant Slayer another fairy tale with automatic weapons

Jack The Giant Slayer - 2013 Directed by Bryan Singer Starring Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Eleanor Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, John Kassir, Ewan Bremner, Ralph Brown Written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney Why is Bryan Singer directing a movie about a fairy tale?  Really.  The Usual Suspects. X-Men.  Valkyrie.  Now, a fairy tale. … Continue reading Jack the Giant Slayer another fairy tale with automatic weapons

Jack Reacher plays like a procedural with an edge

Jack Reacher - 2012 Written and Directed by Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Jai Courtney, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall, Alexia Fast Taking on book franchises can be a tricky business.  One can run the risk of pissing off the fan base even before the movie is released.  Tom Cruise managed to … Continue reading Jack Reacher plays like a procedural with an edge