Movies out Today: 07 August 2015

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This week, Tom Cruise rocks another Mission Impossible movie, an Academy Award nominated actress teams up with Jennifer Lopez of all people on a vigilante mission of justice, and some French-Canadians have jaded critics salivating over their popcorn.

  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.

Combining top-notch action, crazy stunts and some of the best damn car chases you’ll ever see with fleshed out characters and great performances, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie hasn’t let the Mission Impossible franchise down. According to Kervyn, Rogue Nation is a breathless and exciting spy thriller, worthy of 4/5 stars.

  • Lila & Eve

A tense and exciting film, LILA AND EVE tells the story of Lila, a grief-stricken mother who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting attends a support group where she meets Eve, who has lost her daughter. When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers. The two women soon embark on a violent pursuit of justice, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila’s son.

Despite a dedicated and powerful performance by Academy Award Nominee Viola Davis, Lila & Eve is let down by bad scripting and worse leaps of logic in the plot, becoming a rather generic vigilante thriller with only 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Mommy

A feisty widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son. As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla, the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.

With 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, Mommy is not a light and fluffy movie. Some choice adjectives to describe it are outstanding, unpleasant, compassionate, violent, unsettling and intense. Oh, and a “French-Canadian, ADHD-style Instagram film” – that was my favourite. In any case, it’s one of those high-brow melodramas that you’ll either instinctively “get”, or you won’t.

Last Updated: August 7, 2015

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