Tom Cruise

The Mummy (2017)

My expectations really weren’t that high, and I guess you could say they were met, but as the inaugural film in what Universal hopes will become a massive “classic monster” franchise – which will include such perennial faves as the invisble man (Johnny Depp’s been cast), Frankenstein (Javier Bardem) and the like – the whole …

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Mission: Impossible II

The mission of this film lies in the impossible stunts and effects, not in Ethan Hunt’s (Cruise’s) assignment to save humanity from a killer virus. Indeed, you’d have thought that only anime could provide such an aesthetic of violence by slow-motion defiance of physical laws and human anatomy. But thanks to 1999’s The Matrix and …

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Rain Man

Alas, where would the world be without Rain Man?  What would we call our friends when they rattled off some obscure fact or showed signs of obsessive rigidity?  What would the words, “def, definitely,” mean without him?  The movie has become so ingrained in pop culture that it’s easy to forget that the film itself …

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Knight and Day

Tom Cruise stars as Roy Miller, a CIA agent who may or may not have gone rogue, but who’s nonetheless on the run from his former partner, Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard, turning in a trademark creepy-villain performance), and the director of the agency (Viola Davis) because he’s in possession of “the Zephyr,” a tiny but astounding …

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Oblivion

Tom Cruise stars as Jack Harper, a service tech working on a decimated Earth some 65 years in the future, who’s plagued by dreams of a dark-haired woman in the past. An alien invasion has left the planet in ruins, and all of humanity is now happily ensconced on Saturn’s moon, Titan. Well, everyone save …

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