Friday, July 31, 2015

"Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" (2015)

Starring Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Rated PG-13 — Violence, language
Running Time: 131 Minutes

Superspy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has been on the trail of a terrorist organization known as the Syndicate for some time. But he hasn't managed to prove to his bosses in the US that they actually exist, and when the Syndicate does reveal itself to him, it comes at the worst possible time: the IMF has been officially disbanded and its members offered to resign or work for the CIA. Hunt, knowing that CIA director Henley (Alec Baldwin) would never let him continue his search for the Syndicate, goes into hiding to do it himself.

Six months later, the CIA is frustrated with its inability to find Hunt. Agent William Brant (Jeremy Renner) is an aide to Henley, while Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) is stuck working in a data center. Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) decided to retire — again — rather than betray Ethan to the CIA.

Ethan, managing to gather actual intel on the Syndicate and its leader, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) encounters Ilsa Faust, (Rebecca Ferguson) a spy like him who claims to want to take down the Syndicate, except Hunt can't figure out just where her allegiances lie — or why. Ethan and his teammates may soon realize that taking down and organization they can't even conclusively say is real may prove... impossible.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' - Season One (2008)

Starring Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker and Summer Glau
Developed by Josh Friedman

In 1999, Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) and her son John (Thomas Dekker) have settled into new lives after believing they'd destroyed the genocidal Skynet computer. Sarah is a waitress once again, and engaged to be married to paramedic Charley Dixon (Dean Winters). But the engagement has freaked Sarah out a little, and she decides to go on the run again. Before they can even breathe in their next set of identities, another Terminator from the future manages to find them and tries to kill John at school.

But John is rescued by yet another protector from the future: this time, a Terminator disguised as a teenage girl, calling herself Cameron (Summer Glau), who has a plan to get John and Sarah to safety by transporting them eight years into the future.

Now in 2007, Sarah, John and Cameron begin their quest to ensure Skynet's destruction. They'll have to hide from FBI agent James Ellison (Richard T. Jones) who is shocked to find the Connors still alive a decade later, and from Cromartie (Garrett Dillahunt), the Terminator still hunting them after ten years in hiding. But they're not alone: friends and allies from the present and the future will join the fight to stop Skynet and save the human race.

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Ant-Man" (2015)

Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly
Written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd
Directed by Peyton Reed
Rated PG-13 — Violence, language
Running Time: 117 Minutes

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is struggling after his release from prison on burglary charges. As an ex-con, it's difficult to land — or keep — even the most menial of jobs, while his ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer) and her new fiance Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) threaten to keep Lang's daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) away from him unless he can get his act together. Feeling desperate, Lang takes on a burglary job with his buddies Luis (Michael Pena), Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Dave (Tip "T.I." Harris).

But Lang soon discovers that the job was a setup: reclusive genius Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) needs Lang for an even bigger job and wanted to test out his abilities. Pym was previously an agent of SHIELD, and the original Ant-Man, a super-secret soldier who could change his size at will. But now his former protege, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is close to recreating the Ant-Man technology and plans to sell it to the highest bidder — no matter who that might be — and Pym wants Lang to break in and destroy it before the tech can fall into the wrong hands.

Lang, desperate for a second chance with his daughter, and perhaps just a little attracted to the thrill of the crime, joins forces with Pym and Pym's daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to bust into one of San Francisco's most secure scientific facilities and save the world. No small task.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"X-Men: Days of Future Past — Rogue Cut" (2015)

Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence
Written by Simon Kinberg
Directed by Bryan Singer
Unrated — Violence, language, brief nudity
Running Time: 149 Minutes

In a dark, bleak future, the war between mutants and robotic Sentinels designed to destroy them has decimated much of the world. The few surviving X-Men, including Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr (Ian McKellan), Logan "Wolverine" (Hugh Jackman) and their friends discover a means to alter the past: using Kitty Pryde's (Ellen Page) abilities, they will send Logan back to the early 1970s to avert the events that ultimately led to the rise of the Sentinels: the murder of their creator, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), by Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).

When Logan arrives, he's forced to contend with aspects of history he didn't anticipate — chief among them being young but bitter Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), a man who resents what his attempts to bringing peace to mutantkind has done to him. Worse, Xavier isn't the only one Logan has to convince of the importance of stopping Mystique from killing Trask. To do it and save the future, they're going to need the young, bitter and unpredictable Magneto (Michael Fassbender).