Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a surprisingly strong entry in a surprisingly strong series. This is the fifth Mission Impossible flick, and it’s surprising to look back and realize that the first one debuted in 1996. Possibly a key to its success is having run only five movies in nearly 20 years, while keeping the same lead actor and context (as opposed to Bond relaunches) in place. (The earlier films came out in 1996, 2000, 2006, 2011. The Bond series ran eight films from 1995 to this year’s Spectre. And in the Roger Moore era, averaged a film every other year for two decades.) Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Director:...

Ant-Man

Many expected Ant-Man to be Marvel’s first flop, but instead it debuts to strong reviews—and is arguably the best Marvel Studios movie yet, because it puts story and humanity ahead of action and special effects, which the higher-stakes suite of Avengers-related films can’t seem...

Terminator: Genisys

If you’re going to reboot a tired franchise mired in complex continuity, you want to go “back to basics.” The creators of Terminator: Genisys figured out a way to do that while upping the ante on confused continuity. In a fraying universe in which time travel has already caused an...

Terminator & T2

Badmouth on Demand: Days ahead of screening Terminator Genisys, I decided to rectify perhaps the most glaring omission in my science fiction background: I would finally watch The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. How did I miss these unavoidable ‘80s giants, especially as a viewer...