REVIEW: ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The movie: “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Premiere date: Friday, July 31, 2015. Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Your mission, should you accept it, is to tolerate not only a punctuation-heavy title, but also embrace two hours of anticipated action and thrills with a continuing minimal focus on character.After being officially disavowed and forced to work off the grid in “Ghost Protocol” (2011), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his fellow Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agents now find themselves in a similarly precarious position. While “Rogue Nation” followed the basic premise consistent in previous “Mission: Impossible” films, the fifth installment successfully delivered–almost celebrated, really–the continuation of Cruise’s over-the-top action scenes.Look no further than the highly promoted plane scene in which Cruise–and the film’s three producers–try to move the needle yet again, perhaps hoping it’d be enough to push an already adrenaline-fueled generation of moviegoers to the edge of their seats. While watching Cruise dangle off the side of an aircraft as it rocketed off a runway did indeed provoke my anxieties of commercial flying, the high-octane scene, despite the marketing attention it has received, is given only five minutes of screen time. Alongside a high-speed car/motorcycle chase and an underwater sequence, fans old and new are treated to a revived tension (the “vault scene” from the original film, for example) that has been noticeably absent from previous installments.Still, for all its action and even some creative gadgets and weaponry, the lack of originality in the premise was disappointing. No amount of action or tension saved the climax, which fell flat in comparison to the rest of the film. The fault, I felt, was a lack of focus on the characters.This time around, Ethan Hunt had his sanity toyed with. McQuarrie took a different approach to him that made me slightly more appreciative of the direction the protagonist could go. But for the most part, Hunt seems to have become some kind of fusion between the classy James Bond and the intense Tom Cruise.Following Hunt are some returning characters as well as some new faces. Fellow agents Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), and Will Brandt (Jeremy Renner) return with entertaining, humorous, and couple-like banter. Alec Baldwin joins the cast as the strict and self-righteous CIA director Alan Hunley, but the spotlight for the supporting characters was almost entirely stolen by badass sidekick Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).Though she matched Hunt in almost every way, Faust presumably joined a long list of replaceable, underdeveloped and unappreciated female leads in the Mission series. Faust was complex, and her motivations and goals were understandable. She and Hunt share a deeper connection, which strengthened their dynamic. As an added bonus, the connection wasn’t romantic! Interestingly, Faust made for a more compelling antagonist than the mysterious and al-Qaeda-like shadow organization called the Syndicate.The main villain, Syndicate leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), was creepy but not a memorable evildoer. The Syndicate was made up of dozens of rogue IMF agents, but our heroes seem to believe that taking down Lane would shut the whole thing down. As Hunt and his crew clearly didn’t learn from history, eradicating an organization, especially one trained in your own tactics, is not that simple.Like its predecessors, “Rogue Nation” punched, kicked, shot and exploded its way into theaters across the nation. The action took priority, which pleased fans expecting that nostalgic familiarity, but sacrificed a fifth opportunity for some originality.last_img read more

Central Catholics ‘Giant Killer’ Jones-Moore knocks out Woodland Hills

first_imgAt 5’6, Damion Jones-Moore has his share of doubters. He’s been told that he is too short, too small and not fast enough to play big-time college football. And he just continues to give a rude awakening to all the nay-sayers.Jones-Moore ran through Woodland Hills (3-1, 1-1) defense for 133-yards, three touchdowns and led visiting Central Catholic (4-0, 2-0) to a lopsided 31-13 victory Sept. 23 at the Wolvarena. Damion Jones-Moore (Courier Photo/Chris Lopez/File) “I worked hard this off season,” said Jones-Moore. “I worked on the little things. I want to be a great runner. A great route runner and a great blocker.”On the game’s first play Central quarterback Perry Hills connected with fellow Maryland-bound teammate Anthony Nixon for a 70-yard touchdown. However, the play was called back because of a penalty.Sleek and panther-like, Nixon knows all too well that, as Charles Darwin wrote, “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals, because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.” Nixon still managed to snag eight passes for 84 yards.Hills scored from one-yard out to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.In the second quarter Jones-Moore’s 20 yard touchdown run and Mitchell Maczura’s 39-yard field goal gave the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA top ranked team a 17-0 halftime lead.Woodland Hills has more players in the NFL (Jason Taylor, Steve Breaston, Lousaka Polite, Shawntae Spencer, Rob Gronkowski and Ryan Mundy) than any other high school in America.Central Catholic, meanwhile, has quarterback Hills and receiver-defensive back Nixon, who each have committed to the University of Maryland. Offensive Linemen Logan Dietz, Jake Walther, running back Jones-Moore, and defensive back Juwan Huynes also have Division I offers.In the third quarter the Wolverines got on the board first when quarterback Patrick Menifee hit Shakim Alonzo for a 28-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 17-7.Then Jones-Moore took over in the fourth quarter. He sliced and diced through the Wolverines defensive for touchdown runs of 42 and 50 yards.Fullback-Linebacker Mike Caprara, the only four-year starter in Woodland Hills history, caught a 7-yard pass from Menifee to end the games scoring at 31-13.“Central is worthy of the No. 1 ranking in the state of Pennslyvania,” said Woodland Hills coach George Novak. “We made some mistakes, but we played them tough for three quarters.”Mark Twain said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”People like to talk about who had the potential to be great but never achieved all they could have.‘The Giant Killer’, Damion Jones-Moore, summed it up simply.“If we don’t go undefeated and win the state championship this season will be a great disappointment.”last_img read more

VNA Offers ‘Walk-in’ Wednesday for Flu Shots

first_imgRED BANK – Visiting Nurse Association Health Group is providing free seasonal flu shots, every Wed­nesday at two regional locations, Red Bank and Mana­squan, to adults and children over age 12.In Red Bankat 176 Riverside Ave.from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.In Manasquanat 67 Main St.from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Flu shots are free of charge thanks to contributions re­ceived from the Robin Hood Foun­dation in support of the VNA Hurricane Relief Fund. Pneu­monia vaccines are $65 or you can present Medicare Part B card. Medicaid and Medicare HMO’s are not accepted. Supplies are limited.Pediatric flu shots for children under 12 are by appointment only.Flu shots can also be scheduled by appointment on days other than Wednesday. Call 732-224-6734 to arrange an appointment or for more information.The Centers for Disease Control recommends that every one over 6 months of age get a seasonal flu shot.last_img read more

Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club coach earns provincial recognition

first_imgA local paddler received provincial recognition recently in Burnaby for paddling excellence this past season.Jason Rusu from the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club was named BC’s Master Male Athlete of the Year during the Canoe Kayak BC’s annual awards and scholarship banquet.“Jason is the heart of our club and the motivation for many of our sprint team paddlers,” said club member Heather Potkins.Potkins has experienced the solid coaching of Rusu after the teenage paddler won medals at the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.  “Jason inspires us to work hard and love the sport of sprint paddling,” Potkins adds.During the banquet, Canoe Kayak BC honoured over 85 athletes, coaches and volunteers who achieved paddling excellence this past season, including Rusu, who is the club president and coach for the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club. The event was held in conjunction with Canoe Kayak BC’s annual Fall Training Camp.Potkins who is looking to qualify to Team BC for the 2017 Canada Games, also attended the gala weekend.The Nelson kayak and canoe club’s main focus for the past two years has been our youth sprint team. This program starts in the spring and runs through to September.This past spring, we hired two of our youth paddlers who completed their level 1 competitive coaching certification to run a Woman’s Wednesdays the Water program for Masters paddlers.The Masters idea was very successful and the club hopes to expand upon program in 2017.last_img read more


first_imgThe Finn Harps Youth Academy is inviting coaches of all levels to attend a coaching clinic at St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar on Sunday June 28th.Guest coaches will include current Irish U17 Head Coach & Finn Park legend Tom Mohan, Finn Harps U19 manager Joe Boyle and Harps U17 manager Declan Boyle.The event is free to attend and will include boot room talks followed by practical coaching demonstrations which will be of interest to coaches of all qualifications. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Head of Finn Harps Youth Academy Trevor Scanlon says “Everyone at the Academy and the club are looking forward to hosting our first coaching clinic. This is part of the Harps Youth Academy Coaching programme which will offer coaches of all levels ideas on how we can improve planning and delivery of coaching sessions. I am delighted that we have secured Tom, Joe and Declan as our guest coaches and I am sure attendees will find the event both enjoyable and beneficial.”If you are interested in attending please contact [email protected] Mohan is a former Finn Harps midfielder and manager of Ireland’s Under 17 team. A native of Aughadrumsee, Co.Fermanagh, he played seven seasons with Harps having moved to the club in 1998. Having completed his Level 1 coaching badge and UEFA ‘B’ Licence during his playing days, Mohan advanced on to do his UEFA ‘A’ Licence. A development officer with the Football Association of Ireland, based in Cavan, Mohan was involved with underage Irish set-ups under the management of Sean McCaffrey, Joe Boyle and John Morling before being appointed Under 17 manager in September 2012. Tom undertook his UEFA Pro Licence with the FAI in 2014.Session Planner 9.30 RegistrationBoot Room Declan Boyle Joe Boyle10:00 Practical SessionsWarm up10:15 Declan Boyle 7v7 Playing out from the Back 10:45 Joe Boyle 9v9 Playing into Midfield11:30 Tea Break12:00 Boot Room Tom Mohan12:30 Practical Sessions Warm up12:45 Tom Mohan Attacking play – mobility in attack and interchanging of positions1:30 Summary & CloseFINN HARPS YOUTHS INVITE ALL COACHES TO JOIN COACHING CLINIC was last modified: June 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:coaching clinicfinn harpslast_img read more

Giants winning ways end at home against Cardinals

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The magic that led to a four-game winning streak on the road for the Giants evaporated Friday night in a 9-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park.The Cardinals started quickly with a pair of tape measure home runs by Jose Martinez (his eighth) and Paul Goldschmidt (his 14th) against Giants starter and loser Drew Pomeranz (2-9). Before the night was over, the Cardinals added on two triples, a double and a ninth-inning home run by Dexter Fowler (his 10th) before a …last_img

Clean chit to BJD MP in scribe assault case

first_imgThe police have given a clean chit to Biju Janata Dal MP from Kendrapara Anubhav Mohanty and his younger brother Anuprasa Mohanty, who were booked last month for the alleged assault and harassment of a local woman journalist.City DCP Akhileswar Singh said the investigation so far reveals that there is no evidence for the assault of the woman scribe by the MP or the passing of lewd comments by his brother.“There was a heated exchange between the two parties on the day of the incident, but no such evidence [of harassment or assault] has been found from the CCTV footage and mobile phone recordings to substantiate the other allegations made by the complainant against the MP and his family,” the DCP said.The journalist had alleged that the MP’s younger brother repeatedly passed obscene comments on her and on June 13, when she had visited the MP’s house at Choudhury Bazar under Purighat police station to complain about it, the MP and his wife assaulted her.A day after, the police booked the MP and his family under Sections 294, 354-A, 323 and 34 of the IPC. A counter FIR was also filed against the journalist by the MP’s brother. The police have recorded statements of six witnesses in connection with both the cases so far.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians- RR win by 7 wkts

first_imgAn all round performance by Rajasthan’s South African recruit helped them beat Mumbai by seven wickets during an IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday. Score | PhotosBotha finished with impressive figures of 2-0-6-3 and then put 44 runs on board to help Rajasthan beat Mumbai convincingly in the 34th IPL match of the season.Like Mumbai, Rajasthan too lost their opener early in the innings with Rahul Dravid falling to Munaf Patel ball in the fifth over of the innings when the Rajasthan total was 17/1.Post that wicket Rajasthan opener Shane Watson and one down batsman Johan Botha, who took three Mumbai wickets, got on with a partnership. The two were in no hurry as 95-run target was well within the reach for Rajasthan.But after the two had put 39 runs for the third wicket a Lasith Malinga ball got the better of Shane Watson 26 with wicketkeeper Davy Jacob performing the final honours. Rajasthan were 56/2 post his wicket.Eventually, Johan Botha fell after scoring a fine 44 off 39 balls decorating his innings with two fours and one over the fence shot. A Munaf Patel ball crashed against the top of his stump in the 18th over when Rajasthan were batting on 90.Then Ross Taylor and Ashok Menaria scored the winning runs for their team with 11 balls to spare. Rajasthan won by 7 wickets.Mumbai inningsRajasthan bowlers struck thick and fast as Mumbai could only manage to score 94/8 in their 20 overs against Rajasthan during their IPL match.advertisementRajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to field. And Warne was a happy man as his paceman Amit Singh scalped Mumbai opener Davy Jacobs on the first ball of the fourth over when the Mumbai total was 22.There was more room for celebrations early in the innings as Mumbai captain and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar fell to Ashok Menaria in the 5th over with keeper Dishant Yagnik finishing off with some fine stumping when the team total was 28.Clearly the Mumbai batsmen were having a tough time at the Sawai Mansingh wickets as in the 9th over another wicket fell. And this time Menaria got the better of Mumbai’s in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu with a caught and bowled decision when the visitors were batting on 46.The last ball of the 10th saw Rohit Sharma depart with Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne scalping him on 13. Mumbai fell to 50/4.Just when Aussie Andrew Symonds and West Indian Kieron Pollard looked set and were beginning to score runs, Rajasthan’s South African offie Johan Botha struck to berak their 18-run stand. He trapped Pollard leg-before and Mumbai were down to 68/5.Symonds too could not stay for long and Botha came around to scalp him on 17 and a ball later got the better of R Sathish and Mumbai were looking down the barrel with 82/7.The first ball of the 19th over saw Mumbai tail-ender Lasith Malinga walk back, bowled by Amit Singh on 1 and Mumbai were reduced to 83/8.Finally, Mumbai could only manage to score 94/8 in their 20 overs. The score could have been lesser had Harbhajan Singh not hit a six off the last ball of the innings in Shane Watson’s over. That was the only other six in the Mumbai innings apart from Davy Jacobs six in the third over, which too came off Watson.last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios beats Alexander Zverev to win Acapulco International

first_imgAustralian Nick Kyrgios stunned German second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 to win the Acapulco International in Mexico on Saturday for his fifth career ATP title.The temperamental Aussie, whose scintillating run to the final included wins over multiple Grand Slam winners Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal, played free and focused from the outset and frustrated Zverev with a steady diet of drop shots.Former world number 13 Kyrgios, who has fallen to 72 in the rankings, converted three of his break point opportunities and sealed the win on his first championship point with a massive serve that was too much for world number three Zverev to handle.if you’re loving these drop shots from @NickKyrgios [email protected] Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 3, 2019Kyrgios struck first and emphatically when he broke Zverev at love in the fourth game of the opening set and consolidated the break to go ahead 4-1, triggering a frustrated Zverev to smash his racquet beyond repair on the hard court.THAT is how you save a break pointthe #AMT2019 final now on @TennisTV Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 3, 2019The 23-year-old Australian opened the second set with a break but then looked like he may start to crack when he found himself staring down a break point in the next game and double-faulted, allowing Zverev to draw level at 1-1.But Kyrgios’ nerves held up and he broke again in the fifth game and then held steady the rest of the way as he collected his first tournament win since Brisbane in January 2018.advertisementZverev, competing in only his second tournament of the year after crashing out of the fourth round of the Australian Open, arrived in the final in solid form having not dropped a set all week but had no answer for Kyrgios.With the win, Kyrgios improved to 4-3 in career head-to-head meetings against Zverev.last_img read more

Vine: John Calipari Criticizes Karl-Anthony Towns, Gets Videobombed By Karl-Anthony Towns

first_imgCoach Cal subbing a player out.LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Rupp Arena on January 30, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns was a big part of Kentucky’s close win over LSU, but he was also called for a technical foul that helped spark the huge run that brought the Tigers back into the game. Towns hung on the rim after a dunk, picking up a technical foul. LSU’s Keith Hornsby made one of the two resulting free throws, and drilled a three on the ensuing possession, which cut the UK lead to 60-56.During the post-game interview on the court, John Calipari criticized his star freshman for the foul. While he was doing so, Towns, of all people, decided to photobomb him. The timing here is truly perfect.We just hope that Towns isn’t the next Wildcat to “go missing.” Calipari has a good sense of humor, so he’ll probably laugh it off.[FTW]last_img read more