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'Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation': Five points worth knowing

Some franchises become worn with age. Some get more complicated and suspenseful. The latter case could be made for "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," which contains the sort of elements that please both crowds and critics. [Warning: Spoilers within. Read at your own risk.]

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (building on an earlier draft by Drew Pearce), the new Tom Cruise picture operates...

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'Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation' is Cruise-controlled fun, reviews say

Tom Cruise is the man for the job once again in "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," the fifth installment of the sporadic but long-running spy franchise.

Written and directed by Cruise's frequent collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, "Rogue Nation" finds super-agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) on the run from his own government while trying to take down a terrorist group known as the Syndicate.

According...

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Status of Rolling Stone's veteran movie critic Peter Travers uncertain amid magazine drama

The fate of Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers, one of the most established media personalities in the film industry, was thrown into uncertainty Thursday night after the company sought a downgrade in his employment status.

Two people who work at Rolling Stone parent company Wenner Media said that Travers had been asked to move from a staff position to a contractor by company founder and chief Jann...

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'Black Mass' trailer: Johnny Depp goes from small-time crook to kingpin

The life and crimes of James "Whitey" Bulger are at the center of a new trailer for "Black Mass," director Scott Cooper's biopic starring a mean-looking, tough-talking Johnny Depp as the notorious South Boston gangster.

"In the beginning, Jim was a small-time player," partner-in-crime Kevin Weeks (Jesse Plemons) tells the authorities. "The next thing you know, he's a damn kingpin."

Bulger, however,...

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Netflix's 'Beasts of No Nation' hints at hazy hybrid future

Ever since Netflix acquired Cary Fukunaga’s new movie “Beasts of No Nation” a few months back, questions have hovered above its release.

The child-soldier drama had plenty of awards-season buzz given both its topic and directorial pedigree. It also stars Idris Elba. But Netflix was new to the feature game, and decidedly hard-line on theatrical windows, and so the question became: How much of a theatrical...

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Kenneth Turan's DVD pick of the week: Films about childhood but not for children

Some films about young people are strictly kid stuff, but the excellent folks at the Criterion Collection have brought out DVDs of two films about childhood that are not just for children.

The great Swedish director Jan Troell is still active at 84, which is as good a reason as any to see his very first feature, 1966’s coming of age story “Here Is Your Life,” available in the rarely seen, nearly three-hour...

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