Heel turns: 23 movie stars cast against type as villains

Villains can be much more fun to play than heroes. Just ask Gary Oldman or Christoph Waltz or any actor who’s built a résumé filthy with scoundrels. But perhaps the dark side exerts a particularly seductive pull on those performers who don’t specialize in heavies, those who have established a reputation for playing…

On Mission: Impossible, Edge Of Tomorrow, and the morbid star power of Tom Cruise

One of these days, Tom Cruise is going to seriously hurt himself. It’s kind of inevitable, isn’t it? Cruise, who just turned 56 but still throws himself into every role like a teenager certain of his own invincibility, has a new Mission: Impossible movie out, the terrifically exciting Fallout. The star’s insistence on…

How is Mission: Impossible still this good?

The summer movie season starts to wind down this weekend with Mission: Impossible—Fallout, the latest entry from one of Hollywood’s most reliably entertaining franchises. In a first for the series, which usually changes helmers with each film, Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie returns to orchestrate…

Fallout may be the most breathlessly intense Mission: Impossible adventure yet

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Only about 30 rocket-paced minutes have whizzed by before Mission: Impossible­—Fallout first flirts with truly impossible odds. Ethan Hunt, the human missile of American intelligence that Tom Cruise has been popping back in to play for more than 20 years now, is masquerading as a mysterious terrorist, the perfectly…

Watch Tom Cruise almost kill himself to entertain you in the new Mission: Impossible

Tom Cruise broke his ankle performing a stunt for the upcoming Mission Impossible: Fallout, and, if the trailers are to be believed, it’s a miracle he didn’t also shatter his entire torso before exploding into a flaming hail of bruised flesh. But it wasn’t leaping between buildings or all this helicopter-related…

New Mission: Impossible—Fallout trailer confirms that yes, this movie looks very fun

For pure entertainment value, it’s hard to top the Mission: Impossible series— even the Fast And Furious films lack the consistent track record delivered by the Tom Cruise-led franchise adaptation of the old TV show. Each film is the vision of a different auteur, and yet all have delivered a reliably thrilling…

Hey, who wants to watch Tom Cruise's ankle shatter in slow-motion?

We’ve heard a lot about the ankle-breaking on-set accident that knocked Tom Cruise off the set of Mission: Impossible—Fallout (formerly Mission: Impossible 6) for a few months; Cruise’s thrill-seeker penchant for doing his own stunts is well-documented, and the accident ultimately forced filming on the movie to go on…

Like too many Scorsese imitations, Tom Cruise’s American Made wants for a worldview

Doug Liman and Tom Cruise, the director-actor team behind Edge Of Tomorrow (one of our favorite science-fiction movies of the last three-and-a-half-decades), have reunited for American Made, a years-spanning biopic about a real-life pilot who got drafted into both the CIA and a South American drug-smuggling operation.…