Screened Out – Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin

Typical of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Rogue Nation drops us into the middle of the trouble right from the get-go.

Like the secret agent at its center – Cruise’s Ethan Hunt – we won’t know or understand everything. We take a lot for granted, we figure things out as we go along, and we have a blast doing it. Think about the incongruities, clichés, and plot holes later. Just enjoy the show!

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Screened Out – Tomorrowland

By : Stephen Miller
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Britt Robertson, George Clooney, High Laurie, Tim McGraw, Raffey Cassidy, Pierce Gagnon, Keegan-Michael Key

Disney has had varying success when it comes to creating the ride first and the movie second. That awful dreck Haunted Mansion sullied one of my favorite rides at the park. For the first Pirates of the Caribbean, there are the other four films of motley quality. Now The Incredibles’ Brad Bird and Lost’s screenwriter Damon Lindelof present a frustrating a movie based on a whole Magic Kingdom land.

Tomorrowland suffers under Lindelof’s favorite gimmick – not even hinting what the *#&^! movie is about until 20 minutes from the end! It’s what makes his scripts for Prometheus and Star Trek: Into Darkness lacking. All of his work is filled with cool stuff to see; the story never raises the stakes early enough, so we flounder, waiting for reasons to care. He thinks doodads create mystery and motivation.

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