Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

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Our reviewer in…Maysa Moncao reflects on Mission Impossible. Tom Cruise refused to get the help of a stunt double for this scene. What does it tell about Hollywood?

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I confess: I have prejudices against blockblusters.

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New movies out in the UK…on Friday 14 August 2015

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A list of the new film’s being released in cinemas across the UK from Friday 14 August 2015, including links to official websites. 

For where to see the films use the Find Any Film website.

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Just one thing to say to film marketing teams, when you put a Facebook page up for your movie, please add the plot into the ‘description’ field. Also – don’t link to official websites that don’t work!

Right, critic rant over – this Brit comedy stars Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale and is a comedy about a group of eccentric aliens who confer on a human being (Pegg) the power to do absolutely anything, as an experiment.

Showing all over the place, the official trailer gives you a taster.

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New movies in the UK…as of Friday 29 May 2015

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A list of the new films being released in UK cinemas as of Friday 29 May 2015. For details of where to see these films, use the Find Any Film website.

The Connection

A French French Connection that sees cop Jean Dujardin battle drug cartels in glamorous 1970’s Marseille. The official website will give you more information; it will be playing at key cities only, so use the Find Any Film link above to see where you can catch it.

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Al Pacino stars as an ageing 1970s rocker who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embark on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. Annette Benning and Jennifer Garner co-star in this film, written and directed by Dan Fogelmen. Check out Find Any Film for where you can see it, the official website for the film is here.

The Dead Lands

It isn’t often that a Maori film hits the mainstream circuit. In this war drama, Hongi (James Rolleston), a Māori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious “Warrior” (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. Check out Find Any Film for where it will show; the official website has the trailer, gallery and about us stuff.

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Lake Bell stars in this Brit comedy as a 34 year old who poses as a woman 10 years her junior, when Simon Pegg mistakes her for his blind date. Comic adventures ensue, of course. The official BBC Films website with trailer will let you know a bit more. It will have a wide distribution so most of the big multiplexes should be showing it; check Find Any Film for where.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars in this disaster drama that looks suspiciously similar to 2012 as a rescue helicopter pilot looking for his wife and daughter as a massive earthquake tears the titular fault line apart…again, similar to the plot of 2012 but this time not involving a chauffeur driver. The official broadband crashing website gives you the lowdown and just about every cinema all over the UK will be playing it.

Sword of Vengeance

Medieval drama about a Norman prince, returning home after years in slavery, seeking revenge on his father’s murderer – his ruthless uncle. Gaining the trust of a band of exiled farmers, he leads them into battle against his uncle, exploiting them in his inexorable quest for vengeance. But will the prince sacrifice everything an everyone to fulfil his quest for blood? Showing at key cities only, the official website has the official photos.

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Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife, daughter, and twelve-year-old shepherd outside of the titular city. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Check out the official website for more; showing at key cities only.

Mission: Impossible. Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Director: Brad Bird. Paramount/Skydance/Bad Robot/FilmWorks/Stillking Films/TC Productions

ACTION/ADVENTURE/FANTASY


Producers
: J. J. Abrahms, Brad Burke, Tom Cruise. Writers: Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec. Camera: Robert Elswit. Music: Michael Giacchino. Sets: James D. Bissell.

Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Ivan Shvedoff, Anil Kapoor, Lea Seydoux, Josh Holloway, Ving Rhames, Tom Wilkinson.

SYNOPSIS

After the Kremlin is blown up, Ethan Hunt’s (Cruise) IMF agency is implicated and officially disbanded. Forced to clear their name, Cruise and his team (Pegg, Patton and analyst Renner) turn rogue to catch the real culprits and restore the lustre to the name of the Impossible Missions Force.

REVIEW

Now limping home with the fourth instalment of the blockbuster franchise, surely co-producer Cruise could have the title changed to something more factually correct – as we have now established that these missions are in fact completely and utterly possible.

One thing he should definitely get changed is the title credits sequence – sometimes these can make or break a movie, either setting the tone for what is to come with artistry the following film can sometimes struggle to match or being completely forgettable so as not to detract from the feature or the movie’s budget. Here, they are the film, summarising the whole movie. For those who don’t close their eyes, the plot on its own is somewhat superfluous.

M:I4 treads a well-worn path to audience satisfaction; the satisfaction deriving from the remarkable stunt work, a good deal of which (it is said) is performed by the star. Forget the ridiculous and overly convoluted narrative structure (employing multi-layered flashbacks), the fun as with the other films comes not from why Cruise et al solve the problems they are faced with, but more with how they do this and what gadgets and trickery they employ. Here we have a dizzying array of invisibility screens, balloon cameras and levitation chain-mail suits to fix the audience’s eyes and ensure the nonsense jibber-jabber the characters utter flies conveniently over their heads.

They also make those aforementioned stunts seem just slightly more plausible, but none the less incredible to watch. The piece de resistance here is Cruise’s stomach-jumping traverse and run around the outside of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s mighty megalith the ‘Burj Khalifa’. If you don’t suffer from vertigo before watching this scene, pre-book yourself some Cognitive-Behavioural therapy sessions for when you have.

Cruise is looking too long in the tooth to be shilly-shallying from skyscrapers, which might explain the preponderance of ‘young uns’ supporting such silly geriatric antics: Hurt Locker‘s Renner gets second billing as the shifty analyst with a few secrets up his sleeve, sexy Patton scores well as a thoroughly self-reliant tough girl, Pegg provides the comic support and well-haired Kapoor is also amusing as an oily Indian playboy of a certain age. Lost‘s Holloway pops up briefly as an IMF agent who meets his end in double-quick time.

The series is looking as tired as its star, but there is clearly some mileage still left here – the constant product placement of a certain Apple invention (IMF systems are seemingly built around them) shows there is a lot of money still to be milked from this cash cow.

Rhames, who starred in all of the previous MI films, appears here uncredited as the same character; Wilkinson likewise eschews creditation in a brief cameo as the IMF Secretary. Monaghan, Cruise’s wife in MI3, also rears her head again.