3 items from 2015
The theme that runs like a quick-burning fuse through “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is the tricky relationship between inevitability and chance — or luck, rather, as signaled by the brief appearance of a rabbit’s foot in one of Tom Cruise’s more brutal action sequences. It’s a dynamic that applies to the film as well: If the robust commercial performance of 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” made a follow-up inevitable, then luck turns out to be very much on the side of this unusually spry and satisfying fifth entry, which finds the surviving members of the Impossible Missions Force trying to neutralize an insidious global threat, while struggling to convince their skeptical overlords that there is such a threat to begin with. The result is an existential quandary that writer-director Christopher McQuarrie negotiates with characteristic cleverness and a sly respect for the sheer durability of genre; at once questioning »
- Justin Chang
Designed to play as a moving adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s bestseller, “The Dovekeepers” is more of a wounded duck. Similar in tone to Lifetime’s “The Red Tent” by entering into such a story from a female perspective, the entire first half of this two-part miniseries essentially feels like an extended preamble to night two, which closes on a sobering note but proves dramatically flaccid until then. Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have made a splashy migration into scripted epics with “The Bible” and NBC’s sequel “A.D.,” but anyone who can endure this with their wits is a true survivor.
Granted, it’s been a generation since the 1981 miniseries “Masada,” but assuming it’s available somewhere, going back and watching that splendid pairing of Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss is an infinitely preferable prospect.
As is, “Dovekeepers” should be most notable to fans of “NCIS »
- Brian Lowry
It's Tom Cruise on the side of a plane! Wait, what?
The first trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation makes it look like the franchise is upping the ante for jaw-dropping stunts.
In the one-minute clip, Cruise kangaroo-kicks bad guys in the chest, runs people off the side of a mountain on a motorcycle, and clings to a jet during takeoff. Watch:
Tom Cruise does all his own stunts -- including that death-defying airplane move.
Watch: Tom Cruise Has Never Met a Stunt He Won't Do Himself
In addition to the airplane scene, Cruise jumps into what looks like a bottomless fountain and drives a car through the air. Just another day in the life of an action star!
Also spotted in the trailer: Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg working with Cruise again (the two starred alongside Cruise in 2011's Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol); Alec Baldwin in a suit, and Rebecca Ferguson ("The Red Tent," "The White Queen") wielding »
3 items from 2015
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