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Movie review: Oblivion

Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion stars Tom Cruise (right), Olga Kurylenko (left), Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough.

SPOILER ALERT: In Oblivion, Tom Cruise plays drone mechanic Jack Harper in the post-apocalyptic world.

Monday, 15 April, 2013, 1:39pm 1 comment

Alone at world's end

Tom Cruise in Oblivion

Eight years ago, Joseph Kosinski was just one of the many young people who left their hometowns for Los Angeles in a bid to break into the movie business.

7 Apr 2013 - 3:37pm

Talking points

President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping welcomes leaders from two of Southeast Asian neighbours for talks in Beijing. Myanmar's President Thein Sein and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei's prime minister, are both due in the capital.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Rosamund Pike sheds ice-queen shackles with meatier role in 'Jack Reacher'

Rosamund Pike enjoyed playing lawyer Helen Rodin in ''Jack Reachereven'' .

You might think the daughter of two opera singers, who holds a degree in English from Oxford University, and once counted Chelsea Clinton as a friend might be a little, well, unapproachable. It hardly helps that in the case of Rosamund Pike, she rose to fame as the icy Miranda Frost in 2002's James Bond film Die Another Day, a role she played rather too well.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:56pm

Cruise sues Life & Style over 'abandoned Suri' headline

Tom Cruise and daughter Suri in New York on July 17. Photo: AFP

Tom Cruise is going on the offensive, suing the publishers of Life & Style Weekly for defamation and seeking US$50 million in damages over a cover that alleged he had "abandoned" daughter Suri.

26 Oct 2012 - 4:55am

Ah Pak

Beijing's daredevil window cleaners

Chinese Supermen or Spider-Men?

Ah Pak was in Beijing last week, and while strolling along Chaoyang Road he was stunned by the sight of what appeared to be a group of people scrambling down the side of Henderson Land Development's 100-metre-high World Financial Centre.

15 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

From the vault: 1983

Risky Business

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano

Director: Paul Brickman

The film: How times have changed. Back in 1983, Tom Cruise was an unknown 19-year-old chasing his first big break. The Baby Boomers had become parents, their hippie ideals buried under piles of cash as they welcomed in the age where greed was good.

21 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Hard to pick a winner from new star wars

If every top actor were held accountable and punished by the studios for their off-screen behaviour, we'd have precious few stars left in the Hollywood firmament. Acting up while out of character is in many ways an integral part of being an artist.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


Nothing is ever as it appears in Hollywood, the ultimate fantasyland. A movie isn't being made unless there's actually a camera rolling somewhere (and even then, there's no guarantee it will ever make it to a screen). Careers aren't launched unless a magazine cover declares as such.

And babies don't exist unless everyone has seen them.

19 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Mission: Impossible III

MISSION: Impossible III, the latest instalment of the 1960s spy thriller series made popular in the 1990s by Tom Cruise, is pure escapist entertainment for summer.

Tom Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt on the Impossible Mission Force (IMF). This time, however, he retires from active duty to marry Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a doctor who knows nothing about his past.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Thursday think tank

Five things we're all wondering about ...

1. Students cheat on exams with 3G phones ... what happened to honest, hard work like meticulously writing all of the notes on your hand?

2. Government departments will institute five-day work week in July ... how soon before civil servants start grumbling that longer weekdays are cutting into Happy Hour.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

M:I3 stuck in cruise control

Mission: Impossible III, the latest instalment of the 1960s' spy thriller franchise revived by Tom Cruise in the 1990s, is a summer action extravaganza that offers plenty of routine fireworks but very few surprises.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

Man on a Mission

DIRECTING YOUR first feature film is daunting enough. When it's the third instalment in the Mission: Impossible series and the previous two movies have grossed more than US$1.4 billion at the box office, the mission becomes well nigh ...

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

All you need to know about nouns

Nouns are essential words in any language. They are used regularly in speaking and writing. Try to put together a couple of sentences without using a noun and you will have problems. We use nouns all the time and we see them all around us in our daily lives.

26 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

War of the Worlds

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin

Release date: June 29

Prelude: Based on H.G. Wells' 1898 classic sci-fi novel about a martian invasion. It caused widespread panic in 1938 when legendary filmmaker Orson Welles adapted it into a radio play and broadcast it in the form of a live report.

26 Jun 2005 - 12:00am