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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Go rogue. Now showing in theaters is Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible series. Tom Cruise returns, once again, to star as Ethan Hunt and face off against the evil forces of The Syndicate. He's joined by his loyal IMF team - Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames. And along the way he encounters the formidable Ilsa Faust, played by Rebecca Ferguson. So how is this one? Better than the last, or just another bland action movie? Is the opera sequence better than any other action sequence? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
"What positions did you do?" Hold onto your butts, this is a wild one. Thankfully with international trailers they don't have to worry about MPAA restrictions, so this one lets loose with the sex and it gets quite raunchy. La Belle Company has debuted the French trailer for Leslye Headland's indie comedy Sleeping with Other People, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year (read Ethan's review). Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as platonic friends who discuss life and relationships and sex mostly. The cast also includes Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet & Daniella Pineda. This looks like a ton of fun, including all the sex, everything else that's in it, too. See the official US trailer here.
The first time we see Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation he's running. Of course, he's running. The only activity the physically impressive actor does in this franchise more than run is perform insane, death-defying stunts. Like hang off the side of a plane as it takes off. Don't worry. That comes shortly after the running. This is all to say that Rogue Nation knows where the strengths of its franchise lie. It has taken five films, but the people behind these films have cracked the formula. While the narrative appears to coast on auto-pilot, it's execution makes for Grade A, blockbuster entertainment, an exhilarating cap to the Summer, movie season. No, Fantastic Four was not forgotten. I mean what I say.
"She's so different." Radius-TWC has debuted the official US trailer for Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz's Goodnight Mommy, a psychological horror thriller from Austria about a mom and her two insane sons. It's another story about how bad kids can be, but this one is a bit more twisted, involving some really freaky happenings in their nice countryside home. Austrian actress Susanne Wuest plays "Die Mutter", or The Mother, with Elias Schwarz & Lukas Schwarz as the boys. I saw this film as part of New Directors/New Films in NYC, and it's solid and thrilling, but it honestly didn't scare me. Maybe that's just me. Take a look.
"They think I'm an adult." The Weinstein Company has put out a last minute new US trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. You've probably heard of this one before, because it opened in Europe two years ago, in 2013, and has been delayed by The Weinstein Company for release until now. They're quietly dumping the new Jeunet film in select theaters this weekend. We've posted at least one trailer for this a few years ago, but another brand new trailer has just debuted for this week's opening. Kyle Catlett (who went on to star in Poltergeist after making this) plays T.S. Spivet in this quirky adventure about a ten-year-old cartographer who travels solo across the country. I might still check it out sometime.
"That's what it's all about folks - having fun." A few years back filmmaker Rick Alverson broke out with a controversial comedy called The Comedy, which premiered at Sundance to both rave reviews and constant walk outs. Alverson is back again this year with a new film, Entertainment, starring Gregg Turkington as The Comedian, a performer "caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation". The cast includes Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. This is a very funky film that seems like something more from the mind of Quentin Dupieux, with lonely, dusty California landscapes and kooky characters aplenty. This is not for everyone, but might tickle your fancy.
"I don't want you to have regrets, we make decisions they affect the rest of our lives." The Orchard has premiered the official trailer for Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, a relationship drama looking at the first six years in the romantic life of a young woman. Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of actress Vera Farmiga, stars as Mel Clark. She is in a relationship with Dan Mercer, played by Ben Rosenfield. The cast includes Joshua Leonard and Lindsay Burdge from Hannah Fidell's previous film, A Teacher. This looks quite good, I must say, it's a nicely cut trailer with an energy to it that pulls you in, makes you feel like you're a part of it.
One of the best animated short films of last year was Patrick Osborne's Feast (it also won the Oscar), which played in front of Disney's Big Hero 6. A charming story about a dog's place in a family, the filmmaker got his foot-in-the-door to Hollywood with his work on that short and now has his first big gig. Variety confirms the Tracking Board news that Patrick Osborne is attached to direct an adaptation of Paul Pope's graphic novel Battling Boy. We've actually been covering this one for years and years, reporting news on various rewrites and screenwriter updates as the film has been in development for about 7 years already. Read on.
"Jimmy's business is Jimmy's business…" Warner Bros has debuted one more official theatrical trailer for Scott Cooper's Black Mass drama, starring Johnny Depp as the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. We've seen plenty of trailers for this already, so we all should know what to expect at this point, but they keep revealing more and more. This time there's a focus on Depp as Bulger, and lots of the action around his character, and he looks so damn good. And crazy. The big cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon and Adam Scott. I actually really dig the pacing and the intensity of this trailer, thanks to the song "Till It's Gone" by Yelawolf. Enjoy!
"Agu, go on! Agu!" Netflix has debuted the first teaser trailer for Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, the latest feature from a talented filmmaker. When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier. The film stars Abraham Attah as Agu, the boy, along with Idris Elba as Commandant in a powerful role. The film looks brutal, and tough, but still beautiful like all of the films Fukunaga has made so far. I'm very intrigued to see how this plays out. If the film is as good as it looks, then Netflix is going to ruffle some feathers when they release it.
"You're gonna love it…" From the filmmaker who gave us Frank comes a new film titled Room, starring Brie Larson as "Ma", exploring the boundless love between mother and child. A24 has unveiled a teaser before the film's premiere at TIFF in just a few months, and this will definitely throw you for a loop. The cast includes Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. As usual, Brie Larson looks to be at the top of her game with a riveting performance, though there seems to be so much going on in this that we don't know about yet. Is this a horror-thriller, or just a thriller, maybe it's merely a drama? Very interesting.
More sequels! Always more sequels. With the latest Mission: Impossible movie about to hit theaters, Tom Cruise is out doing the press rounds and was in New York City this week talking with everyone. During the premiering, MTV News caught up with him and got a very brief tease about a possible Edge of Tomorrow sequel. Everyone has been catching up to that one and realizing how damn good it is, and now they want a sequel, so he says "I pitched it to [Rogue Nation director Christopher] McQuarrie and [Edge of Tomorrow director] Doug [Liman]. We were there one night and I was like, I’ve got an idea for it…" That's all that was revealed, but on "The Daily Show" Cruise confirmed some bigger news regarding more Mission: Impossible.