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Tom Cruise caught in the day that never ends in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

- March 25th, 2014

Think of it like Groundhog Day, but with an insane amount of action and plenty of killing. That’s what Tom Cruise’s sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow is sizing up to be when it hits screens this June.

The Doug Liman-directed epic stars Cruise and Emily Blunt as soldiers who are stuck in a futuristic time loop, repeating the same alien battle over and over. “I die within five minutes of landing on that beach along with every other soldier,” Cruise’s Lt. Col. Bill Cage says in a voice over. With each ‘death,’ Cage hopes to improve his odds of winning the fight and saving his life.

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Adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill – a title I much prefer by the way – the visuals and action from the new film look absolutely stellar. And I like the premise – even if it does harken back to that Bill Murray comedy.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Edge of Tomorrow hits theatres on June 6.

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ trailer: First look at Tom Cruise alien invasion thriller

- December 12th, 2013

Tom Cruise versus aliens, with Emily Blunt tagging along as his sidekick in a day that never ends? I’d buy that for a dollar.

We’re getting our first look at the trailer for next summer’s futuristic thriller Edge of Tomorrow.

Previously known as All You Need Is Kill, Cruise plays a soldier who is thrown into a battle against aliens where he is killed unceremoniously. He then wakes up, only to find himself in a time loop where he fights and dies repeatedly in the same battle. It’s Groundhog Day with loads of violence.

But with each new entry into battle, Cruise’s Lt. Col. Bill Cage improves on his ability to kill his adversaries.

“Live. Die. Repeat,” reads the tagline.

The effects on the Doug Liman-directed actioner look spectacular, and I’m really looking forward to seeing Cruise try his hand at another sci-fi film following this year’s Oblivion.

Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6, 2014.

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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ gets release date

- November 13th, 2013

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Well, if there’s one guy who isn’t scared by the new Star Wars’ Dec. 18, 2015 release date, it’s Tom Cruise.

Cruise’s fifth Mission: Impossible movie will open on Dec. 25, 2015, and will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who teased the project on Twitter earlier this month. McQuarrie and Cruise worked together on last year’s Jack Reacher.

Cruise will be back as Ethan Hunt in a script penned by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce and produced by J.J. Abrams. There’s no word on whether Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames will return, though presumably they’ll all be back.

The previous instalment – Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol – reinvigorated the franchise and brought in close to $700 million worldwide. It’s also Cruise’s highest grossing film.

But speaking as an unwavering Tom Cruise fan, I’m not so sure Ethan wants to accept a mission against the Force. Did I mention the film will have to square off against Kung Fu Panda 3 and Ben Affleck’s Live By Night as well?

Tom – why not move it up a couple of weeks and take Dec. 11? Then you’ll only have Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 to worry about.

Tom Cruise agrees to do ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

- May 6th, 2013

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Tom Cruise’s dance card is filling up pretty quickly. The actor has the visually stunning Oblivion in theatres now, next year’s All You Need is Kill is in the can, and he has been tapped to star alongside Armie Hammer in the Guy Ritchie-directed The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Now comes word via Deadline that Cruise has agreed to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5.

Cruise’s last outing as the IMF agent in 2011′s Ghost Protocol was not only the series’ most successful, it was the actor’s highest-grossing movie ever.

No writer/director is attached, but the film will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Abrams helped reinvent the franchise by directing part III and helping land Brad Bird for the fourth instalment, which featured Cruise doing some death-defying stunts in Dubai.

But with Star Wars: Episode VII due to start shooting early next year, it’s unlikely that Abrams would have much creative involvement in the new film.

Also on Cruise’s plate (if you’re a fan, and I am) is a sequel to Jack Reacher. While that film, which is based on Lee Child’s long-running crime series, wasn’t a huge hit in North America, globally it made over $215 million according to Box Office Mojo.

Deadline speculates that Cruise’s Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie will be asked to helm Mission: Impossible 5.

Less clear, is whether Top Gun 2 will still proceed following director Tony Scott’s death last year. Cruise’s reprisal of Maverick was supposed to go before cameras ahead of M:I 5. Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said he is still optimistic that the sequel will happen. “We haven’t given up yet,” he said earlier this year. “It’s just figuring out how to do it, which I think we have a good handle on, and losing Tony slowed us down, but hopefully we can pick up speed again.”

Are you happy Cruise will be accepting another Mission? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Tom Cruise’s best and worst movies

- April 19th, 2013

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At 50, Tom Cruise is showing no signs of slowing down. This week, the veteran actor jumps into the future with Oblivion, and he follows that with another sci-fi picture, All You Need Is Kill, in 2014.

In honour of Cruise’s latest (trailer below), we wanted to take a look back at some of his best and worst moments in front of the camera.

He might not have the chops for the seriousness of Lincoln, but if nothing else, Cruise has tried to mix it up throughout his 30-plus year career. And even when he’s returned to familiar ground, for example as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible films, he has chosen to do so with newcomers like Brad Bird, J.J. Abrams and John Woo.

I’m sure your list of best and worst Tom Cruise movies will differ, but here’s my take on when he’s been at the top of his game and when he missed the mark onscreen.

Let me know what you think Tom’s best and worst have been in the comments.

Cruise’s Best

Mission: Impossible

This is Cruise’s only film franchise and Ethan Hunt is a character that we’ve seen morph over four films. In particular, I like how each has bared the stamp of its differing director. The third instalment was a darker chase picture reminiscent of television’s Alias, which director J.J. Abrams helped create, while the fourth offered up truly spectacular stunts. Cruise’s charming Hunt all the while tying the action together.

Risky Business

Cruise made dancing in a pink shirt and underwear cool. I’ll admit I’ve never done it, though.

Collateral

Cruise has rarely been the bad guy. But in Michael Mann’s 2004 thriller, he played the eerie, utterly absorbing hitman Vincent in a role that is still my favourite. In his slick grey suit, dyed hair and Mann’s camera lingering on his grizzled face for extended takes, Cruise’s villain steals every scene he’s in.

Tropic Thunder

Cruise is ageless, but as Les Grossman we get to see him reimagined as a grotesque Hollywood hotshot. It’s a role he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for – Cruise the comedian? Puleeze. But admit it, you’ve YouTubed Cruise’s portly dance moves at the end of the film for repeated viewings. It’s his one supporting role that cries for a spinoff.

Magnolia

His role as an egomaniacal motivational speaker in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia required Cruise to run the gamut. As Frank T.J. Mackey, Cruise is a chauvinistic guru who preaches the gospel on picking up women. But there are two key scenes in the actor’s supporting part that showcase his ability to shed false bravado with ease. His vulnerability is a revelation and we can’t take our eyes off of it.

Born on the Fourth of July

Cruise proved he could do serious in this collab with Oliver Stone. The actor was playing a real-life, wheelchair-bound Vietnam vet and the role required him to age both physically and emotionally. A tall order from a guy who was slinging drinks in Cocktail the summer before, but he pulled it off and scored an Oscar nom along the way.

Jerry Maguire

Cruise gets top-billing in this movie about a down-and-out sports agent trying to claw his way back into relevance. It’s schmaltzy, but it’s so good to see Cruise play a guy whose been knocked down a peg – haven’t we all, really – looking for a second shot. Ironically, my favourite part from that film is not the “Show me the money” scene. I really loved the “Help me, help you” part.

Interview With The Vampire/Jack Reacher

Book people got so unnecessarily upset with Cruise’s casting as Lestat and Jack Reacher. He was brills as Anne Rice’s beloved vampire (he made co-star Brad Pitt look like canned ham) and ably converted Reacher’s best traits onto the big screen. Let’s face it Reacher creatures, if they had made the movie with an actor who looks as ugly as Lee Child has written him to be, no one would have watched it.

The Color of Money

Up to this point, Cruise’s acting chops hadn’t been really tested yet. Under the direction of Martin Scorsese, though, the actor was brilliant from beginning to end opposite Paul Newman’s ‘Fast Eddie.’

Minority Report

Working with Steven Spielberg is admittedly a safe bet. But Minority Report was an amazing futuristic thriller. And the duo’s War of the Worlds was a fab encore.

Rock of Ages

The movie itself was dud. But Cruise’s Stacee Jaxx was heaps of fun to watch. And hey, it turns out he’s a pretty good singer too.

Cruise’s Worst

It hasn’t been all roses for Cruise, though. Here’s a few of his films I won’t be running out to watch again anytime soon.

Top Gun

When I saw this as a 10-year-old in the 1980s, I couldn’t get enough of Maverick and Goose. But in 2013, viewed against the rest of his filmography, Top Gun is one of Cruise’s cheesiest performances.

Days of Thunder

‘Top Gun-on-a-racetrack’ didn’t exactly work for Cruise and director Tony Scott. Gentlemen, please do not start your engines.

Far and Away

His 1992 collab with then-wife Nicole Kidman was early proof the two couldn’t work together.

A Few Good Men

I know, I know. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, but this was one of Cruise’s most formulaic pictures. It was a connect-the-dots drama, and Cruise was no match for sneering Jack Nicholson. The salute at the end was laughable.

Cocktail

While it features one of my favourite movie lines of all time – ‘Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t end’ – it’s just wee bit too fluffy. It reminds me of my cringe-inducing 1988 high school photo. And the soundtrack is just… wrong.