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Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

Brad Bird took chances with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” gadgets

Tom Cruise’s blockbuster spy-fest, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, and its technical mystique involved more than an occasional exploding message. Director Brad Bird made his feature-length jump to live action for the film after winning Oscars for Disney and Pixar’s “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles.” Bird knew going in that […]

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The top 10 indie road trip movies

A clever director can do quite a bit with little more than a handful of serviceable actors, a vehicle and an open road. In fact, David Lynch, Alexander Payne and Terrence Malick have all made films using these key ingredients. Long car trips and rest stops in strange places can force friends and families alike […]

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Hollywood’s top 10 maverick directors

Hollywood demands plenty from directors. In a forest of remade classics, “Chipmunks” sequels and other safe, dependable investments, studios want bankable reasons to invest in innovation. Indie filmdom has long been a launchpad for Hollywood careers, but only a select few filmmakers can claim to have gone against the grain with enough force to change […]

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Michael Fassbender discusses “Prometheus” and Ridley Scott’s “new world” with classic elements

Ridley Scott surprised the world with a new breed of sci-fi thriller when his film “Alien” hatched in 1979. Scott’s latest project “Prometheus” will drill a bit further into the “Alien”-verse, and although the movie will explore new story territory, actor Michael Fassbender praised his director’s classic approach to building suspense. “It’s a slow burn,” […]

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The top 10 prophecies in movies

The year 2012 means terrible things for people who believe that the world will end along with the Mayan calendar on December 21. Thankfully, we have decades of movies to look back on and learn how to deal with whatever the apocalypse has to throw at us. Biblical prophecies, Mayan prophecies and Jedi prophecies have […]

The top 10 coffee scenes in movies (with video) (photo)

The top 10 coffee scenes in movies (with video)

David Lynch, Meg Ryan and Jim Jarmusch all have one thing in common–for some reason, coffee has been a recurring set piece over the course of their careers. The ubiquitous caffeinated beverage’s power to stimulate the brain and draw people together over conversation has propelled storylines in many of their films, and they are not […]

The 15 best movie interrogation scenes of all time (with video) (photo)

The 15 best movie interrogation scenes of all time (with video)

It takes good cops and bad cops alike to make a good interrogation scene work. Movie history is littered with loose-canon detectives and unorthodox strategies for getting tight-lipped suspects to talk, and whether the scenes make you laugh at Harold and Kumar or cry because you’re watching James Bond get his scrotum smashed, they do […]

10 movies we actually *want* to get a 3D re-release (photo)

10 movies we actually *want* to get a 3D re-release

“The Lion King” roared back into theaters and grossed nearly $30 million at the box office last weekend, all thanks to its new 3D treatment. That was enough dough to earn the re-release a No. 1 slot over “Contagion” and “Drive,” and stun cynics who may have doubted audience interest in the 3D-ification of a […]

R.E.M.’s top 5 albums will live on long past their break-up (photo)

R.E.M.’s top 5 albums will live on long past their break-up

R.E.M.’s Wednesday break-up announcement placed a bookend after 2011’s “Collapse Into Now,” officially making it the group’s final studio album (barring any unforeseen reunions). Their sound has floated and meandered since original drummer Bill Berry left the band in 1997. Left to their own devices, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills stayed productive, but […]

Five ‘Back to the Future’ technologies we want to have now (photo)

Five ‘Back to the Future’ technologies we want to have now

Nike didn’t wait until 2015 to make their “Back to the Future Part II”-inspired Nike Mags available, instead opting to put their kicks on the eBay auction block last week. That’s all well and good, and with any luck the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will rake in a pile of helpful cash […]