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TOP GUN – MAVERICK (2020): New Trailer From Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris…

Top Gun (2020), Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures
Top Gun (2020), Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures

Top Gun (1986), an action / drama about students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school – competing to be the best in the class finally has a sequel.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, key cast includes Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, John Hamm and Ed Harris…

Images of Cruise in aviators and a leather jacket while standing by by a plane. That’s really all I knew about Top Gun. It’s all I knew until I looked up the above original synopsis and as this trailer played, it occurred to me just how much fun Cruise must have making all his movies. He loves planes, motorcycles, speed… In fact, I’m almost certain that he’s not acting in the main picture on this post.

May you also have a passion or passions that makes you smile as broadly.

Glen Powell, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jean Louisa Kelly, Lewis Pullman and Manny Jacinto also star.

Top Gun – Maverick Release Dates: June 26th, 2020 (US); July 17th, 2020 (UK)…

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MISSION – IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (2018): The Things I Liked…

Mission - Impossible - Fallout (2018), Rebecca Ferguson
Mission – Impossible – Fallout (2018), Rebecca Ferguson

I took a moment to remember how much fun I had watching Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), before sitting down to Tom Cruise’s latest movie, Mission Impossible – Fallout.

The action sequences in Fallout are impressive, well-choreographed physical feats. You know, because it’s a Tom Cruise movie. Yet there was one moment at the beginning in the scene with the plutonium that felt too obvious as an action movie plot device – due to the way it was executed.  It was unfortunately a moment that made me feel that little bit less enthused about the rest of the film. 

As the story progressed, I was adequately engaged but whilst also simultaneously concluding that I probably need to give this franchise a break. That way when I return in some years, it will all feel kind of fresh and new again.

Even though I definitely had more fun with Rogue Nation, Fallout is still a good movie. It’s just unfortunate that for me personally, more than any specific action sequence or scene, the most memorable thing about director Christopher McQuarrie’s film is that it helped me realise what a truly great face Rebecca Ferguson actually has. A totally random observation, I know. Yet I’m quite sure, thoroughly accurate.

Watch Mission Impossible – Fallout because it’s good. Who knows, it may even be your favourite.

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MISSION – IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (2018): New Trailer From Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg…

Mission - Impossible - Fallout (2018), Tom Cruise
Mission – Impossible – Fallout (2018), Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg are back for M:I 6; a.ka. Mission – Impossible – Fallout.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie and featuring new cast member Henry Cavill, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his Impossible Mission Force (IMF) team are called  upon to race against time after a mission gone wrong…

This is yet another fun-filled Mission: Impossible trailer. I’m ready for all the action.

I very much enjoyed Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation and this one looks like it’s going to be, at the very least equally thrilling, fun and action filled.

Alec Baldwin,Angela Bassett, Sian Brook and Vanessa Kirby also star.

M:I 6 Mission Impossible Release Dates: July 27th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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THE MUMMY (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe and Annabelle Wallis, there are parts of director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, a story about an ancient Egyptian princess, awakened from her crypt and determined to wreak havoc, that I enjoyed. An example would be Russell Crowe’s ‘second character’ who proved a lot of fun to watch even though he appears but very briefly.

Another highlight is courtesy of Sofia Boutella, an actress who was introduced to many audiences as Gazelle in Matthew Vaughn’s rather good Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014). I adored Gazelle even though she was a ‘baddie’ and I therefore knew that Boutella would bring something special, especially physicality-wise to the character of The Mummy (Princess Ahmanet).

Princess Ahmanet stood out so much for me that all other performances and characters’s mostly paled in comparison. Perhaps her character was just the most interesting overall. What I know for sure is that I found myself genuinely scared of the idea that I might personally encounter the princess as I went about my day. Something to do with the costume design and special effects, as well as Boutella’s performance. There’s also the fact that a lot of the film is set in London, England my beloved city.

There are points during The Mummy when I thought, ‘this is interesting, I think I’m quite excited about the other movies coming from Universals ‘Dark Universe’. Unfortunately though, by the end of the film, I wasn’t so sure because I ended up feeling as though the movie was far more basic in terms of the story, writing and execution-wise, overall than what I’d been hoping for – especially for a Tom Cruise movie. 

On a positive note, I’m now even more curious about Egypt’s real history and I may just delve into that as a result. I may even…

Who am I kidding? I’m busy and far too in love with film to make time for more history books.

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AMERICAN MADE (2017): New Trailer From Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons, Domhnall Gleeson…

American Made (2017), Tom Cruise
American Made (2017), Tom Cruise

The latest Tom Cruise movie American Made is a 1980s set story about a pilot who lands 2 jobs; one for the CIA and the other as a drug runner in the south. Directed by Doug Liman, Domhnall Gleeson, Caleb Landry Jones and Jesse Plemons also star…

I’m tuning in because this trailer looks good and I’m excited to see Cruise play a man of such questionable character. I also want to watch because it’s Tom Cruise, a.k.a great actor and excellent talk show host guest, especially on The Graham Norton Show. I’m also a massive Graham Norton fan. I digress.

American Made Release Dates: August 25th, 2017 (UK); August 29th, 2017 (US)…

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THE MUMMY (2017): New Trailer From Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. It’s the story of an ancient princess awakened from her crypt which leads to…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

My guess would be that this The Mummy, has nothing to do with the Rachel Weisz and the Brendan Fraser The Mummy of 1999 but I can’t be sure. I’ll be watching because I loved Sofia Boutella in Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014)

Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson also star.

The Mummy Release Dates: June 9th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE (2015): The Thing I Liked…

My Scientology Movie (2015), Andrew Perez as David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology
My Scientology Movie (2015), Andrew Perez as David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology

The controversies that surround the church of scientology have been covered quite thoroughly at this point. As someone who’s relatively familiar with the religion’s ‘cultish’ reputation and practices, the news of a new documentary about the infamous church got my attention.

My hope was that documentary film maker Louis Theroux’s investigations into the church would result in a reasonable amount of new information. In truth, very little of what’s revealed in My Scientology Movie is new.

Unsurprisingly, the church of scientology denied all kinds of access to Theroux and his documentary team. As such, the bulk of what we get to see in My Scientology Movie is conversations between Theroux and ex-members of the church, including Marty Rathbun Jeff Hawkins and Tom De Vocht. There’s also archive footage and re-enactments based on Rathbun’s experiences whilst inside the church.

My Scientology Movie (2015), Marty Rathbun, Louis Theroux
My Scientology Movie (2015), Marty Rathbun, Louis Theroux

Though generally I’m disappointed with My Scientology Movie, I did find myself somewhat entertained at times; largely thanks to the dialogue between Theroux and ‘scientology spokesperson’ Catherine Fraser. There’s also the peculiar dynamic between Theroux and Marty Rathbun, something that will surely bring a smile or two to your face.

Those who’ll get the most out of documentar will likely be people who don’t already know much about scientology and how the church operates. For the rest of us, there’s boredom and some humour.

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MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE (2015): New Trailer For Louis Theroux Documentary

My Scientology Movie (2016), Catherine, Louis Theroux
My Scientology Movie (2016), Catherine, Louis Theroux

Acclaimed documentary film maker Louis Theroux is back and this time his subject is the second thing that mega movie star Tom Cruise is best known for. That is of course Scientology, as investigated by Theroux in My Scientology Movie

Teaser trailer…

Trailer 1

Based on the teaser trailer, it looks Catherine mistook her opponent for a regular curious Joe; someone who would cower away in the face of her intimidation tactics. ‘Not today, Catherine. Not today’ – Probably  what I imagine that Mr Theroux was thinking whilst remaining as calm as can be.

My Scientology Movie Release Dates: October 7th, 2016 (UK)…

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