Tom Cruise

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Edge of Tomorrow

I'm usually a little nervous going into any Tom Cruise movie (such as Oblivion), but as soon as I realized how smarmy the character he was playing was to start with, I decided it would be all right. He's always totally believable as a self-centered jerk, which is certainly what Major William Cage is to start with. The only reason he's in the Army is because he was in ROTC in college and after the advertising firm he worked for went under, he decided the patriotic thing to do was to sell the military.

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The concept art for the Mimics. I thought it looked pretty cool.

Oblivion

By 2077, the Earth has seen better days. The moon is even worse off, though, since it's mostly gone, destroyed by mysterious aliens called Scavengers, or Scavs. According to my research, this lack of moon means that the Earth is now prone to wobbling wildly on its axis, the weather would be even more insanely unpredictable, and the tides would be about half what they are now. That last part doesn't matter as much as you might think, since at the moment the only thing anybody wants from the oceans is to drain them dry.

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Jack and drone 166 face off. Those drones will kill you as soon as look at you.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

I was ready to give up on ever finishing this review -- frankly, I almost fell asleep in the theatre, which doesn't exactly inspire me to write -- but it occurred to me that this would be good practice for writing about the next Fantastic Four movie, so here I am.

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Solomon Lane w/gun. He looks like he's trying to decide where to go for lunch.

Jack Reacher

There's a famous story about Raiders of the Lost Ark that you might have heard, where the script called for a big fight scene between Indy and a very large man with a very large sword. When the time came to film that scene, however, Harrison Ford was just getting over the flu and totally didn't want to go through all that effort, so instead of fighting, he just pulled out his gun and shot the guy -- inadvertently creating one of the most memorable scenes ever.

This movie does exactly the opposite and creates a scene that, mercifully, I'm already starting to forget.

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Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall. Robert wonders how he ended up in this mess.

Knight & Day

Poor Tom Cruise. He had to settle for third place in the box office, behind Toy Story 3 and some Adam Sandler thing. I'd say poor Cameron Diaz, too, but in her case this is a serious step up from The Box, so she's not doing so badly.

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Tom and Cameron as Roy and June, on the run.