Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation

Yes, producer-star Tom Cruise really did hang off the side of an airplane 5,000 feet in the air to shoot the jaw-dropping action set piece that opens this fifth installment in his Mission: Impossible franchise. If Buster Keaton had pulled this off, it would be legendary, so now might be the time to concede that Cruise, the world’s oldest and richest adolescent, has invited us into his unhinged fantasy life in the tradition of some of our most beloved filmmakers. (Any attempts at serious acting are pretty much over, though—more than a decade has passed since Collateral, Magnolia, and Eyes Wide Shut). Five movies in, Cruise has perfected the M:I formula—a simple spy story, passable character comedy, and extremely long, impressively sustained action sequences; second only to the plane escapade is an assassination attempt at the Vienna Opera that honors its debt to The Man Who Knew Too Much. Christopher McQuarrie directed; with Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Harris.