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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo "Desperate times. Desperate measures," says Tom Cruise aka Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer aka the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, that particular line could be read in a number of ways: Tom Cruise's superstardom is in the doldrums – at least that's what we hear from those who see reality only through U.S.-focused lenses – and he needs all the box-office help he can get. Hence, MI5. Hollywood is in dire need of a mammoth domestic blockbuster following a year of mediocre-performing tentpoles at the U.S. box office. Hence, MI5. The world's socioeconomic fabric is about to unravel. Hence, MI5 – so humankind can go with a bang. Not only with a bang, but with mirth as well. »
- Andre Soares
"I want to show that women are empowered and strong," said Gadot...
"...and don't have to be saved by some male hero...
"...but they can take care of themselves...
"...using their intelligence and their power..."
Gadot appeared as 'Gisele Yashar' in "Fast & Furious", the fourth film in "The Fast & the Furious" franchise...
...winning the role over six other actresses.
In 2010, she had a small role in the action-adventure "Knight and Day".
2011 brought her back to "The Fast & the Furious" franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in "Fast Five".
In 2013, Gadot played Gisele again in "Fast & Furious 6".
December 2013, DC Entertainment announced Gadot was cast as »
- Michael Stevens
If recent misfires like “Tammy” and “Identity Thief” have proved anything, it’s that Melissa McCarthy is virtually indestructible, retaining her comic buoyancy, her tremendous likability and much of her fan base even when stuck with bargain-basement material. All of which makes it even more gratifying to see what she can do with a vehicle that’s firing on all cylinders for a change. In “Spy,” an uproarious blast of globe-trotting action-comedy delirium that doesn’t spoof the espionage-thriller genre so much as drop a series of banana peels in its path, McCarthy plays an eager-to-please desk jockey turned full-blown CIA operative who learns to wield a gun as skillfully as she does a one-liner — a dazzling transformation that represents the actress’s smartest, funniest, most versatile and fully sustained bigscreen showcase to date. Unsurprisingly, her key collaborator here is once again Paul Feig, who directed her to such show-stopping »
- Justin Chang
In 2014, the total amount earned by just the top 5 films in India netted ₹ 1940 Crore! Quite an impressive number! We thought we would give you a look into those top 5! Bear in mind that this countdown is based on pure fact and figures and what films the audience came out in droves to see! You may have liked some of the films and some of them you may have not – but come what may, these are your top five grossers for 2014.
Director – Rohit Shetty
Release Date – August 15th
- Rima Bhatia
This is a movie as its own death wish. To call it cheap, lazy, and perfunctory grants it a dignity that implies there was another path it could have taken. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of the franchise
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I figure French fauxteur Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Colombiana) jumped his own shark when he chose that nom de cinema, but if not, he’s definitely done it now with Taken 3. It wouldn’t be fair to call this a movie: it’s more a phony, forced assemblage of stilted dialogue, incoherent action sequences, inexplicably sociopathic behavior on the part of its supposedly sympathetic protagonist, and bad self-referential “jokes” about the many idiocies of the franchise it has now, we can hope, killed for good. This is a movie as its own death wish. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Bollywood churns out on average 120 plus films a year, with 2014 reaching 142. So to think all of them will go down in history as being successful is rather naive. But what about the ones we thought would work wonders but came up short? The ones that left us thinking, “Why was this allowed past the editing board”? Even ones that somehow managed to cha-ching the money registers sky high. 2014 had its fair share of films that fit all these categories. BollySpice brings you the biggest disappointments of 2014.
A.R.Murugadoss blew everyone’s mind when he told a tale of an anterograde amnesia patient desperately seeking revenge for the murder of his girlfriend in Ghajini. Yet when it came to a follow up film, one could say Holiday fell short of all the trimmings to recreate the magic. The writer in Murugadoss failed to see the shortcomings of his story, »
- Githa Vanan
Bang Bang (2014) ReviewPlot65%Acting75%Action76%Directing74%Music and Songs75%Fun, Colorful filmNice action sequencesHrithik Roshan is a good Action heroSome of the Bollywood obligations slow it down a bitSome comedic elements could irritate75%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)64%
We are all familiar with Hollywood remaking Asian films, but sometimes it also happens the other way around. This is the case with the Bollywood smash hit Bang Bang, which is a remake of the 2010 Tom Cruise action-fest Knight and Day. One might wonder why of all the films that can be remade, this one was chosen, since it wasn’t such a big hit and generally isn’t seen as a great film. But when you have Bollywood mega star Hrithik Roshan in the lead role, and the biggest budget ever used for a Indian film at your disposal, it might turn out to become something quite spectacular.
Well, is it? The movie has its problems, »
2014 gave many gems to adore like Queen, Finding Fanny and Haider, but for every good film there’s a Humshakals, It’s Entertainment and Action Jackson. With every editorial on the new changes in Bollywood, there’s the inexplicable popularity of duds that have Ajay Devgn loudly zipping up his trousers or Saif running around London like a dog. It’s baffling that films like Bang Bang or Kick work, but the modest failure of Humshakals had us filled with glee, maybe next year the audiences will finally give up on Sajid Khan. This year’s Razzies features some repeat offenders (looking at you Jackky!) and some newbies who should know better.
Awful Actress – Katrina Kaif in Bang Bang
Every time, we want to forgive Katrina Kaif for her blandness and poker face, she gives us another lacklustre performance to trash. It’s a bit too easy here in Bang Bang, »
- Rumnique Nannar
8 items from 2015
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