Tag Archives: Ving Rhames

Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

SOME MISSIONS ARE NOT A CHOICE. In my original review of the first movie in this franchise, I wrote that it’s underappreciated. I still consider it the best chapter of the series, but here comes number six and it isn’t far off. It’s not just that it has amazing action set pieces, but it knows … Continue reading Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

Con Air

ONE WRONG FLIGHT CAN RUIN YOUR WHOLE DAY. Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage), who’s about to be released from prison, is transported on an airplane carrying some of the nation’s worst criminals; in midair, the plane is hijacked by a group of them. Another bombastic action movie that attracted huge audiences just like The Rock (1996). … Continue reading Con Air

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

THIS SUMMER, THE GALAXY WON’T SAVE ITSELF.  When Rocket steals valuable batteries from a hostile race, the Guardians of the Galaxy are hunted – and saved by a man (Kurt Russell) who claims to be Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father. This 3D sequel delivers exactly what fans of the first movie expect – colorful battles … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

DESPERATE TIMES. DESPERATE MEASURES.  As the IMF is about to be shut down by the government, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes on the lam from the CIA and tries to prove the existence of a vast criminal network. The fifth chapter in the franchise reunites Cruise with his Jack Reacher director; opening with a knockout … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

NO PLAN. NO BACKUP. NO CHOICE.  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is sprung from a prison in Russia by his IMF colleagues, but when a subsequent mission is botched and a bomb destroys the Kremlin, Hunt’s team is disavowed. For the fourth film in this franchise, The Incredibles (2004) director Brad Bird was hired and he brings some of that energy, … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Piranha

THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER.  Not really a remake of the original Piranha (1978) as much as a cheap, humorous 3D thrillride that wants to evoke memories of Jaws (1975), complete with Elisabeth Shue as a very Brody-esque small-town sheriff and Richard Dreyfuss in a glorified cameo as “Matt”. Definitely not exciting (and unfortunately not … Continue reading Piranha

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

THEY’RE AS STRAIGHT AS CAN BE, BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE.  In order to guarantee benefits for his kids in case of death, fire fighter Larry Valentine (Kevin James) talks his closest buddy (Adam Sandler) into marrying him in order to get domestic partnership rights. It’s a disappointment to see the names of Alexander Payne and … Continue reading I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Surrogates

HOW DO YOU SAVE HUMANITY WHEN THE ONLY THING THAT’S REAL IS YOU? Sometime in the future, most people prefer to stay at home and experience life through better-looking androids (called “surrogates”); crime has been virtually erased, but then two murders happen… You either buy into this slickly produced concept or you don’t, but Gattaca-type … Continue reading Surrogates

Mission Impossible: Unmasking a Traitor

EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE. When I stepped out of the theater with my buddies eleven years ago after watching Mission: Impossible, I was as enthusiastic as any twenty-year-old can be about a movie. In fact, I praised this film to the degree that my mates felt compelled to point out that they thought I was making too … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Unmasking a Traitor