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Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance & Russell Crowe
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”


Where to start. Okay, so as a fan of the Brendan Fraser Mummy from back in the day, like many I was skeptical. But at the end of the day, I have to appreciate that this film was not a copycat. And it’s still funny. Tom Cruise has proven that he is a very versatile actor, and like many actors, he’s going to have some bad movies under his belt. This certainly isn’t his worst film but it’s not his best either, I’ll admit to that. Was the story the best? Certainly not. I’m going to go ahead and agree with some of the critics who question if the film would have been better had it not been so set on establishing the Dark Universe. Continue reading Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

A Look Back | My Journey into Vanilla Sky – The Hot Mess of Exposition

Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz & Cameron Diaz
Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz & Cameron Diaz

Until today, I had never seen Vanilla Sky. I never heard anything good about it and I’m a personal fan of the Spanish original Abre Los Ojos, a movie of which I just wrote a movie about. And then one day, when I got home from work at 1 in the morning, I was able to catch the last hour of the film. Oh god did it make me cringe. From that moment on I was determined to watch the movie in its entirety so that I could write this.

Now, like most people I have gone through a period in my life where I wasn’t a fan of Tom Cruise. I love him now, religious beliefs aside; he’s a good actor. Continue reading A Look Back | My Journey into Vanilla Sky – The Hot Mess of Exposition

Another Explosive Addition to the MI Series | Review of ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

By Cynthia Ayala

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation starring Tom Cruise
Paramount Pictures

Ethan Hunt and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate—highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.

—Daniel Gelb, Rovi

Tom Cruise is still a star. It’s really no surprise why this movie has been doing so well. Let’s face it, even if you aren’t a fan of Tom Cruise, he still has the star power, still puts his best foot forward in order to give the best performance possible. But besides that, the film was not only action packed but it had sexual tension, comedy and action rolled up into one neat little package.
Continue reading Another Explosive Addition to the MI Series | Review of ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

Gripping To The Last Second | Review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

By: Cynthia Ayala  

Edge of Tomorrow offers amazing action sequences as well as fresh laughs and a unique take on the science fiction film genre. Continue reading Gripping To The Last Second | Review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters’ casts Olga Kurylenko as headmistress

By:  Jen Lamoureux (@jenlam26)


Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is moving quickly with Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovski already in fight training. Now they have cast Olga Kurylenko as the headmistress.

Olga Kurylenko was recently seen opposite Tom Cruise in Oblivion. According to Deadline, she will be playing Kirova, the head mistress of St. Vladmir’s Academy, a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them.

As mentioned earlier, Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch, and Danila Kozlovski will comprise the leads in this young adult adaptation. Mark Waters is directing from a script by Daniel Waters. Production begins in late May, and The Weinstein Company is distributing.

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is the first in a series of six novels that have all landed on the New York Times Bestsellers list. There is also a spin off seriesBloodlines, in which the third novel has been released.

Source: Hyp|able


Oblivion2013PosterDirected By: Joseph Kosinski

Produced By: Joseph Kosinski, Peter Chernin, Ryan Kavanaugh, Dylan Clark & Barry Levine

Screenplay By: Joseph Kosinski, William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek & Michael Arndt

Based on: Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski & Arvid Nelson

Starring : Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

A solitary drone technician working on a war-ravaged planet Earth becomes humanity’s last hope for survival.  In the distant future, Earth has been decimated by an intergalactic battle against an alien race known as the Scavs. The majority of humankind has been evacuated, leaving just a few solitary drone repairmen remaining on the planet’s surface. Their job is simple – stand guard over the ruins of a once-great empire by patrolling the skies, and ensuring the drones continue to function. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is nearing the end of his mission to extract resources essential to the survival of the human race when he witnesses a spacecraft fall from the sky. Upon investigating, Jack discovers the capsule contains a mysterious woman. With mission control watching his every move from high up above the clouds, Jack embarks on a spectacular adventure that will not only challenge everything he’s been taught about mankind’s most defining battle, but perhaps alter the entire course of human history as well.

Ultimately this movie was incredibly well done.  Initially the movie had a slow start, opening up to cinematic scenes of the past where Jack Harper’s (Tom Cruise) narrative makes the movie progress at a slow pace but ultimately built to the larger plot within the story.  Character development progressed very well and the pair, Jack and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have great chemistry with one another.  The special effects of the movie were amazing.  There was not a lot of dialogue within the movie as a whole flowed and built up character development, but there was more action that held the movie.  Tom Cruise was amazing in that aspect because he really pushed himself with this movie, he got into the character and his acting was so substantial and could have held this movie all on its own.  Thankfully, it did not need to come to that because of the plot and then the epic plot twist in the movie threw a huge curveball.  It was plot twist after plot twist but they were cohesive and built off one another, which is how multiple plot twist should work in a movie.  It was a very cohesive movie.  First hour is admittedly slow but it really starts to pick up the pace the moment Julia (Olga Kurylenko) entered the picture.

That moment in the film was the highpoint because that was where the viewer has the greatest opportunity to see a completely new change and strength rise up in his character.  There was a lot of passion in the acting despite the stagnant dialogue that held little substance in the movie.  At the end of the night, Oblivion visual work of art highlighted the plot perfectly.  The design of the movie was amazing, and the way the actors acted out the stagnant dialogue, made it great.  Cliché plot line that was re-represented in a well thought out way even though the villain was nothing special.  ★★★ (B+)

Man Files A Complaint Because Jack Reacher Trailer Features An Explosion Not In The Film


BLOGGERS NOTE: This is just petty and ridiculous.  I mean really, is this what society has come to?

By:  Nick Venable

While there have been times in life where a complete refund of one’s time and attention would be appreciated, such as for the first season of AMC’s The Killing, which swore up and down to deliver an answer to its central mystery and then tossed those promises out the window once a second season came into the picture. But there’s no one to get money back from that particular kind of false advertising.

New Zealander J. Congdon, the New Zealand Herald reports, filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority against Paramount Pictures because whenever he went to the theater to watch the Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher, it didn’t contain a split second explosion shown in the film’s trailer. Now before anyone points any fingers calling the guy petty, let it be known that the “explosion where the whole cliff comes down” was “the defining part of the ad that made me really want to go see the movie… aside from having Tom Cruise in it,” as Congdon put it. So clearly the death of both morals and intentions were witnessed here.

Take a look at what made this guy want to drop a handful of New Zealand money on Jack Reacher on the big screen


Paramount defended the trailer, pointing out that most films for highly anticipated films are put together months before final edits have taken place, and it’s common practice to leave a few previously shown bits out of the final product. They pointed to two other moments in the trailer that weren’t in the theatrical cut that didn’t affect Congdon’s filmgoing experience at all.

Or to hear them say it, “The explosion in question was a single split-second element omitted form a 130-minute long action film and [we] believe that, taken as a whole, the impression created by the advertisement was a true and fair reflection of the film which could not reasonably be considered misleading or deceptive to customers.” What a mouthful.

And when the one single speck of dust from this ordeal hit the floor, Paramount offered the man a full refund for his movie ticket, and the man took it. Kaboom!

Check out the entire trailer in question below.

Source: Cinema Blend


Tom Cruise May Star In Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

By:  Eric Eisenberg

Tom_Cruise_The_Man_From_U_N_C_L_E_36446There once was a time when the big screen adaptation of the classic spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was going to be a Steven Soderbergh film starring George Clooney as Napoleon Solo. But when the star went down with a back injury and the director decided not to make the movie, it gave Warner Bros. a chance to retool the project with some new players. And that’s exactly what they’ve done.

In December of 2011 we learned that Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie was attached to the film, and now, more than a year later, we’re hearing that the filmmaker may have found his new star. Deadline reports that Tom Cruise is now in talks to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Based on the 1960s series of the same name starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, the story follows two agents from the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement and their battle against the evil organization THRUSH. The news story doesn’t specify, but presumably Cruise will play the role of Napoleon Solo and the project will continue to look for its Illya Kuryakin, Solo’s blond Russian partner.

Deadline notes that Cruise has been looking for another potential franchise, despite the fact that his slate is already packed with a good number of them. Following the impressive success of Ghost Protocol, another Mission: Impossible movie is in the works (potentially with Christopher McQuarrie directing) and in February it was announced that the door is still open for aJack Reacher sequel.

Cruise will next be seen in Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, which comes out next month, and will follow that up with Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill, due out in March of next year.

Source: Cinema Blend


Jack Reacher


Action packed and funny, two things that really do work together. The car chase was just awesome. It was fast and Tom Cruise, he really does well in action movies very well. Am I a huge fan of his? No, personally I think he used to have his head up his tushie way too much, but now, he seems to be a little more grounded which is good. The reason I point thatout is because it seems to reflect in his acting, making watching him all the more pleasant. He’s a talented guy, especially in action movies.

The chemistry between Reacher and the defense attorney was equally great. There was so much tension between them, so much sexual tension between them that was great. It was built up but nothing ever came of it. WHICHWAS GREAT! The whole thing were two strong characters hook up is so cliché and the fact that that didn’t happen within this movie was great!

I think my main issue with this movie was the villain. It didn’t make sense. His motivation for planning the murders was thought out and structured well, but the reasoning behind killing the woman made no sense whatsoever. I mean no, it made no sense and honestly I found him incredibly two dimensional with no depth whatsoever. His minion was way more interesting than him and that harmed the movie, deducting points in my opinion. Over all though, great, hilarious ad totally awesome. 3/4 ★‘s and a “B+”.

Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher Probably Never Getting A Sequel

By:  Katey Rich

jack_reacher_35122Jack Reacher had all the makings of a franchise. It starred Tom Cruise, of course–still a movie star after all these years– and went heavy on the action and the mystery in its twisty plot. And it had the bonus of a ton of source material to draw from, the first film based on the character from Lee Child‘s wildly popular series of Reacher books. You see those books in every single airport newsstand, and odds are your dad or uncle has read more than a few, What could possibly have gone wrong with the transition to the screen?

Nothing went, wrong, exactly– Jack Reacher has made $153 million worldwide since its December 21 opening– but it didn’t go right enough to become the much-wanted franchise. At least, not yet. The Hollywood Reporter hears from sources inside Paramount that they’re waiting to see how the movie opens in Japan, China and Korea to decide on a sequel, but it’s going to have to perform especially well there to make a sequel worth it. The goal is for the film to make $250 million worldwide, a pretty tough challenge even factoring in the massive Chinese audience.

The problem isn’t that audiences have rejected Jack Reacher; it’s that they aren’t responding nearly as well as anyone expected based on both Cruise’s last star vehicle Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and the wild popularity of the Jack Reacher books. What exactly was lost in translation? Is there just something about books that you buy for $10 in the airport that makes them feel unimportant on the big screen? Your wild theories and explanations are welcomed in the comments.

Source: Cinema Blend