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Is Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt Ready to Let It Go? 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'

Hasn't Ethan Hunt saved the world enough to earn a lifetime of couch surfing?

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He May Be Short, but He Moves Well: Tom Cruise's 'Jack Reacher'

Tom Cruise proves his mettle -- if not his height -- in Jack Reacher, a thoroughly-engaging adaptation from director Christopher McQuarrie.

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Tom Cruise Has an Awesome Ship and Awesome Weapons In 'Oblivion'

Ray-Ban wearing Jack is the ultimate Tom Cruise hero. You can't quite tell whether this is a joke or a fantasy or yet another sig of the movie's utter lack of imagination.

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A Raging Conflict Between Talent and Testosterone: 'Top Gun'

Top Gun remains one of the most vibrantly shot and outrageously sexual Hollywood blockbusters ever released.

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‘Going Clear’: Lawyers, Guns, Money & Scientology

Lawrence Wright’s devastating, impeccably researched history of Scientology’s “Prison of Belief” vividly illustrates the ability of this “Church” to successfully prey upon nearly every dark strain in the modern American psyche, from celebrity-worship to ego-mania and the lust for power and money.

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An Open Letter to Tom Cruise: How to Make a Movie Rock

Dear Tom Cruise: We know you are hurting from the failure of Rock of Ages. However, if you learn the lessons from the best rock-themed movies, you can still make a rock film for the ages.

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'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' Is One of the Best Action Films of 2011

From the high-flying prologue with Agent Hanaway (Josh Hollaway) to the final showdown in Mumbai, this story moves at a breakneck speed.

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West Coast Sound: Is Disney Victim to the "Decision Illusion"?

Is Disney's decision to let go of its subsidiary Marvel's entire West Coast marketing team a sound one? The question is certainly nowhere near as interesting as what this decision signals about the entertainment industry as a whole.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Part 2: The Virgin Suicides to The Blair Witch Project (May - August 1999)

In Part Two of our look at the most memorable films of 1999, we experience music, foul-mouthed mayhem, and a late, great auteur's final cinematic statement.

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie's forward motion is stalled repeatedly by hyperbolically symbolic images, which also undercut some nuanced performances.

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Tropic Thunder: Unrated Director's Cut

A fun, occasionally brilliant satire of these Hollywood tropes that actually retains its comic punch after multiple viewings.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton

Holes and all, it's a hard book to put down, especially with wild tales of Scientology spilling forth page after page.

Tony Hicks
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Lions for Lambs

Though Lions barely considers the soldiers' choices, it's clear they've been egregiously misinformed, turned into terms in someone else's argument.

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TAPS

TAPS suffers from its post-Vietnam jingoistic voice and a story that you simply don't want to buy into.

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Mission Impossible III (2006)

A movie titled M:I:III can't lean too hard on verbal wit, and so it quickly leaves Laurence Fishburne behind to head out into the actionated field.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.

Michael Christopher
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War of the Worlds (2005)

Both smart-looking and simple-minded, War of the Worlds powers along on visual tricks and the frequent terrorizing of Dakota Fanning.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Top Gun: Special Collector's Edition (1986)

One angle on this newness was the boys' deep friendships, masculine and competitive but also tender and intimate.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Collateral (2004)

Michael Mann's new film shows what anyone who's paid attention to Jamie Foxx has known for some time: he is excellent.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Last Samurai (2003)

It's a grand vehicle, with horses, martial arts, and vast armies, not to mention Tom Cruise's shiny shoulder-length hair flowing just right.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Minority Report (2002)

Based on a story published by Philip K. Dick in 1956, 'Minority Report' is science-fiction of the sort that Dick preferred to write -- set in the future, but all wrapped up in concerns that are immediately relevant to the present moment (that the same concerns were relevant back in 1956 is not a little unnerving, as will become clear).

Cynthia Fuchs
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Vanilla Sky (2001)

Moreover, the film asserts, if you're not careful in your dealings with people, you'll end up with no self and no life, in that big empty Times Square in your head.

Cynthia Fuchs
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