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Simon McBurney

Movie review: 'Mission: Impossible' is a thrill ride, thanks to Cruise

One of the many talents of Tom Cruise is the ability to elevate a ho-hum movie format into a goodie box of creative surprises. To me, that's a skill that even tops doing his own stunts. Cruise has sometimes been a cocky 7 out of 10 as a performer, but as a movie-developing producer he's dependably a 9.5. His "Mission: Impossible" series has transformed traditional action espionage into high-concept team stories with a crew of clever protagonists, snappy dialogue and gravity-defying stunts. The new edition, "Rogue Nation," is immersive, unpredictable and crammed with more sharp plot hooks than a fishing basket. It's one of the best wide-release movies of...