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Christopher McQuarrie and actor Tom Cruise have collaborated many times now. The Oscar-winning writer wrote Valkyrie and worked on the scripts for Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and in 2012, he directed Cruise in Jack Reacher. After McQuarrie launched a potential franchise with Reacher, he landed the opportunity in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to take part in a series that keeps getting better.

After the jump, read our Christopher McQuarrie interview.

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Final Cut 2015

The first year-end retrospective video mashing up a whole slew of movies from this past year just arrived earlier this week with the 2015 Salute to Cinema. Now a friend of the site has come through with his usual look back at the year in cinema with Final Cut 2015, and this is well worth your eight minutes. The way some of the movies blend into each other, especially how Furious 7 meshes with Inside Out and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation makes this feel like a trailer for some kind of mega movie. Read More »

28 Movies to Watch During Thanksgiving Weekend 2015

2015 Thanksgiving Weekend Movies

Thanks to the magic of Thanksgiving, this week is a little shorter than all the rest, leaving us free to stuff our faces full of turkey and enjoy plenty of good movies. And since it’s a holiday weekend, you’ll probably be looking to escape the house for a few hours just so you don’t have to hear your family argue about politics. Or maybe you want to get everyone out of the house so you can enjoy a movie as a family.

Well, we’ve got you covered for a variety of cinematic occasions with a list of 28 movies to watch this Thanksgiving, and some of them you can even enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Read More »

15 Movies to Be Thankful For This Year

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Come Thursday, many of us, like many of you, will find ourselves around a dinner table with our distant relatives, reflecting on what we’re grateful for in our lives. But before we get to that, we thought we’d take a moment to think about the films we’re thankful for this year.

This isn’t a list of our favorite films of the year, or the best films of the year (though some of them are that, too). These are the films that surprised us, that gave us something we didn’t even know we needed, that seemingly willed themselves into being against all odds, or that just made us really, really happy. After the jump, join us in looking back at the movies to be thankful for in 2015, and then hit the comments to let us know which films you’re grateful for.

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Klown Forever photo

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s hit it. After the jump:

  • Get details on the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation home video release
  • The Olsen twins are “always welcome” to drop by Fuller House
  • Drew Goddard says the studio really wanted a Cabin in the Woods 2
  • Mia Wasikowska says the Alice in Wonderland sequel has less CG
  • Drafthouse Films picks up Klown Forever for distribution in the U.S.
  • Now Homeland‘s Damian Lewis is the subject of “next James Bond” rumors
  • Exactly how many Aston Martin DB10s were destroyed in the making of Spectre?
  • Blade Runner 2 director Denis Villeneuve would like to make a Bond film
  • The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3 reveals another look at the sequel
  • The cast of Resident Evil 6 shares more photos from the set

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Rogue Nation IMAX Preview

David talks with composer Joe Kraemer about writing the score for Mission: ImpossibleRogue Nation, incorporating Puccini into his work, figuring out how to open a film, and figuring out the theme for the Solomon Lane. You can buy the Rogue Nation soundtrack on iTunes, Amazon, or Lalaland records.

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the brilliance of Mark Duplass’s indie work, the cartoon pleasures of Steven Universe, the second coming of Wet Hot American Summer, and the dismantling of Bill Cosby’s legacy. Be sure to read up on why we shouldn’t erase The Cosby Show, and why it’s okay to like Tom Cruise again, and all of /Film’s awesome Mission: Impossible -Rogue Nation coverage.

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Rogue Nation opera

When we examined all the action scenes and setpieces in the Mission: Impossible film series, I ranked the Vienna Opera sequence from Rogue Nation as number three out of all the series’s accomplishments, behind the Burj Khalifa sequence from Ghost Protocol and the wire hang from the original film.

The Rogue Nation opera sequence is a complex piece of work, with multiple characters navigating the backstage area of the Vienna State Opera House — in reality a collection of sets built with more verisimilitude than usual — and incredible timing and definition of space to help audiences keep track of the intersecting trajectories of all the characters.

Now writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has taken the time to provide commentary on that sequence to the New York Times, and the resulting “Anatomy of a Scene” video on the Rogue Nation opera sequence is one of the better scene dissections we’ve caught in a while. Read More »

best Mission Impossible action scenes

Brian De Palma‘s first Mission: Impossible film wasn’t packed with action setpieces — there are only three, really, but those three are all top-tier action filmmaking, and one of those three defined the series for years to come. In the two decades since, the series has been tackled by a variety of directors — John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and now Christopher McQuarrie — each of whom bring a slightly different balance of action and espionage to their respective mix.

Paramount in all the best Mission Impossible setpieces, however, is the physicality of Tom Cruise (and, at times, his co-stars) and a direct simplicity that lets Cruise and many stunt performers shine. We’ve examined the major action concepts in the five films in the series to find the best Mission Impossible action scenes and show-off setpieces. (And, OK, we’ve highlighted a couple of the worst, too.)

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Any franchise could be forgiven for growing a bit stale after twenty years and five installments, but against all odds the Mission: Impossible series is still going strong. While the new entry directed by Chris McQuarrie may not be an all-time high, it’s another solid entry that equals its predecessors in the stunt department, and features the most engaging new character since Simon Pegg and Philip Seymour Hoffman in III. Read our full Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review after the jump.  Read More »