Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol
could very well be the series’ best installment. While the 1996 De Palma reboot, with its master-class intrigue and superb action set pieces, still holds up well -- as does J.J. Abrams’ third entry with its character-driven story (we’ll leave M:I--2
in the gutter where it deserves to stay) -- there’s no denying the top-notch quality of this slam-bang fourth film. Director Brad Bird (Ratatouille
, The Incredibles
) makes an effortless transition to the live-action arena, where his focus on character still holds strong, but he’s not afraid to pummel his lead actor to a pulp in thrilling ways. In theaters, ...