Film Review: Tom Cruise Runs From ‘The Mummy’

It’s rather puzzling what Tom Cruise saw in this project. Frankly, it’s just as confusing what the powers that be at Universal saw in casting Cruise to lead this start to their Dark Universe. “The Mummy” is an anonymous and bland misfire that misuses Cruise and barely qualifies as a Mummy flick. The film is […]

Top 10: Best Tom Cruise Performances

Tom Cruise may not be the biggest star in Hollywood, but he is certainly one of the most recognizable. Since his first onscreen appearances in “Endless Love” and “Taps” in 1981, Cruise has appeared in more than 40 films. More than 40 films that have grossed nearly $4 billion. He has been nominated for three Academy […]

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘American Made’ Starring Tom Cruise

Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Tom Cruise‘s next film, “American Made.” Cruise plays Barry Seal, “a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.” It is based on a true story. The film reunites Cruise with director with director Doug Liman. The […]

Tom Cruise Reveals Title for ‘Top Gun’ Sequel

“Top Gun 2” has a title and it is “Top Gun: Maverick.” Tom Cruise revealed the title in an interview with Access Hollywood that was released on Friday. You can watch the video below. Recently, in another interview, Cruise said that the long rumored sequel was officially in the works, although Paramount executives had declined […]

Universal Pictures Unveils New Logo and Details for ‘Dark Universe’ Franchise

Ahead of Universal’s June 9 release of “The Mummy,” today the studio unveiled a new logo for its Dark Universe. The Dark Universe comprises reboots of Universal’s classic monster movies. This begins with Tom Cruise fighting Sofia Boutella in a modern-day version of “The Mummy.” They are joined by Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 36: Forgettable Best Picture Winners, Circuit Madness Results, and ‘Justice League’

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at @Circuit_Pod, email us at, and […]

New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (01/31/17) – Jack Reacher Returns

This week, there’s another installment of Tom Cruise‘s “Jack Reacher” franchise leading the slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles. Aside from that? It’s another rough group, overall. Today is once again a good day to check out the Vintage pick! PICK OF THE WEEK “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” Jack Reacher isn’t an especially modern cinematic […]

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WATCH: First Clip from Universal’s ‘The Mummy’ Reboot With Tom Cruise

This year has been the year for teasers of teasers. Now, Tom Cruise‘s “The Mummy” reboot gets the treatment. Cruise himself debuted the short clip, which teases the release of the first trailer for the film. “I’m excited to help bring ‘The Mummy’ to life,” he tweeted. “I can’t wait for you guys to see the […]

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Weekend Openings: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ and Michael Moore Shine

This weekend, “Moonlight” makes its highly anticipated theatrical bow. The weekend also features a surprise entry of a new Michael Moore film, among many other titles. It all makes for a set of new releases that really showcase how we’re now in the thick of awards season. There’s still solid popcorn entertainment to be found, but […]

Top 10: Best Spies in the Movies

It takes a lot to have a license to kill. The spy genre goes back even farther than the first James Bond film in 1962. The genre is still just as popular today. Case in point, this weekend is chock-full of spy movies. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” finds Tom Cruise trying to clear his […]

Top 10: Real Hollywood Couples Who Co-Starred Together

Chemistry between co-stars is an elusive art. It’s almost as if lightning has to strike in order to find the perfect on screen romantic pair. One way to try and ensure on screen chemistry is to hire stars who are actually romantically linked in real life. Even then, real life chemistry isn’t always able to […]

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Doug Liman Replacing Guillermo del Toro as ‘Justice League Dark’ Director

  Warner Bros. is heading in a more supernatural direction with its DC Cinematic Universe with “Justice League Dark,” and Doug Liman is slated to direct. Variety broke the news today that Liman (who just left the X-Men spinoff “Gambit”) is set to take over directing duties from Guillermo del Toro, who is no longer […]

Javier Bardem Sought for Frankenstein Role

  Another day, another Universal Monster movie. Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem is reportedly being sought for the role of Frankenstein in an upcoming Universal Monster film. Variety, who first broke the news, says that Bardem would likely appear in “another monster pic first with the possibility of getting a spin-off down the road” instead of “Bride […]

CHECK OUT: First Look at the Mummy in ‘Mummy’ Reboot with Tom Cruise

  Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy” reboot with Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis was filming in London over the weekend, providing the first look at the film’s mummy, played by Sofia Boutella. The nearly 50 images from the set show Boutella (“Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Star Trek Beyond”) terrorizing the streets of London. The images are […]

Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

If you read and enjoyed my previous foray into the world of dance in cinema, you’ll notice how easy it was determining what constituted a dance scene – anything highly choreographed. When the musical died out in the 1960s, dance became almost exclusively relegated to movies requiring a need for it, so subsequent generations had to get […]

‘TOP GUN’ celebrates 30 years with Limited Edition Blu-ray Combo Steelbook available May 3rd

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The action-packed thrill-ride that helped define a generation celebrates its 30th anniversary as TOP GUN arrives in a Limited Edition Blu-ray Combo Steelbook on May 3, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The pop culture touchstone will also be available with special features on Digital HD for the first time on May […]

Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation explodes onto Blu-ray Combo Pack Dec. 15 and Digital HD Nov. 17th

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “relentlessly thrilling” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) and filled with “jaw-dropping stunts” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes), the global hit MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—ROGUE NATION takes off on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand December 15, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The critically acclaimed action-thriller will also be available as part of the […]

Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (★★½)

If you watched the latest installment of ScreenJunkies “Honest Trailers” series, then you know the ground the Mission: Impossible films tread is well worn to the point of being paved. Insert Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) into a situation where he’ll either have to go rogue or be “disavowed,” while a shadowy villain dealing in weapons […]

Edward Zwick will direct Tom Cruise in a ‘Jack Reacher’ Sequel

As a filmmaker, I’m not sure that Ed Zwick gets the credit he truly deserves. Is he particularly flashy? No, but he’s a steady hand responsible for more memorable work than you’d realize. For someone like Zwick, it’s both a good and a bad thing that reports having him joining the Jack Reacher franchise to […]

Watch the First Trailer for ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner

For all you “Mission: Impossible” fans left out there, the new trailer has premiered for the next installment of the franchise, now titled “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”  Directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames, the fifth installment still has a undisclosed plot.  You can […]

Own “Edge of Tomorrow” on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on October 7th

Burbank, CA, August 13, 2014 – Live, Die, Repeat when “Edge of Tomorrow” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), “Edge of Tomorrow” stars Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (“Born on the Fourth of […]

Top Ten Greatest Performances of All Time (Karen Peterson)

When I found out we were doing this Top Ten Greatest Performances of All Time series, I was immediately nervous about it. For a couple of reasons. First, how was I ever going to narrow down thousands of performances into my personal Ten Greatest? And second, I could very well be run right out of […]

Top Ten Greatest Performances of All-Time (Joseph Braverman)

When it comes to constructing lists, the personal always wins out. For me, my gut feeling is the guiding force that allows me to separate what I casually enjoy from what I simply cannot exclude. That is how I came up with my “Top Ten Greatest Performances of All-Time” list and the exact same is true […]

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NEWS ROUNDUP: Alec Baldwin Is Busy: MI:5, Robert Ford, And More

When was the last time you saw Alec Baldwin? Most likely in the tabloids, but how about onscreen (small or big)? “Blue Jasmine“? The “30 Rock” finale? “Law and Order: SVU“?  Well, he’s back and back with a vengeance. (Vengeance against the paparazzi, MSNBC, show business? Who knows.) After his New York Magazine adieu to public appearances (but […]

Circuit 3: Worst Movie Titles

Tom Cruise’s highly entertaining sci-fi/action flick, Edge of Tomorrow, is doing pretty well at the box office, and is one of my favorite films of 2014 thus far. However, that ridiculously cheesy title doesn’t do the film justice, nor does its original, less repulsive (yet equally flat) title, All You Need Is Kill. This got me thinking […]

Circuit 3: Bill Paxton

This weekend, Doug Liman’s science fiction/action flick, Edge of Tomorrow, hits theaters. We already ranked Tom Cruise films/performances last July, as well as Sci-Fi films this past February, and while I am a huge fan of Emily Blunt – Cruise’s co-star in this weekend’s big release – her resume is not yet full enough to dedicate a […]

Edge of Tomorrow (★★★)

What a satisfying summer film this is. For a good portion of Edge of Tomorrow‘s running time, you’re watching one of the more original and effective sci-fi/action blockbusters in a while. The film can’t quite stick the landing in as ambitious a way, but it’s still a definite success. Director Doug Liman and star Tom […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Scenes of Tom Cruise Running

Tom Cruise may not be the last movie star as some have said, but he’s certainly one of the last big names who can sell a property. However, this is not a rumination on his star quality but more specifically, his running ability. Cruise might be the most fun person to see running on screen […]

A Promising New Trailer for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ with Tom Cruise

I wonder if we all aren’t underestimating this new Tom Cruise flick Edge of Tomorrow more than we should be? After all, it’s got an intriguing premise, Doug Liman in the director’s chair, and a solid main co-star for Cruise in Emily Blunt to go along with supporting players like Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, and Noah Taylor. […]

Ten Years Later – Johnny Depp’s Oscar Introduction

Since it’s the week of Christmas, there will likely not be any noteworthy stories to break outside the occasional Martin Scorsese-“Shame on You” from The Wrap, which you should take a read. Ten years ago, probably the first Oscar season I was fully immersed in as a freshman in college, had a very interesting feel […]

Christopher McQuarrie to direct ‘Mission: Impossible 5’

It seems that Mission: Impossible 5 has found its director. Christopher McQuarrie had been rumored to take over the franchise for a while but it has been confirmed that he will indeed take over the director’s chair of the long running franchise. The move will see him reteaming with Jack Reacher star Tom Cruise in […]

Circuit 3: Tom Cruise

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV celebrates his 51st birthday this week. Born July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York the three-time Academy Award nominee got his first big role in Harold Becker’s Taps (1981), and continued his rise to stardom in the early eighties with films like The Outsiders (1983), Risky Business (1983), and All the Right […]

Highs and Lows of the First Half of 2013

One of my annual traditions, this is my rundown of the best and worst things that I’ve seen during the first six months of 2013. As it stands, I’ve seen more than 130 films, and honestly, mostly I’ve come away pretty disappointed with the first half offerings. Usually I’ve got at least a few things […]