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Cruise goes rogue

– Rogue Nation" (Paramount, PG-13) is immersive, unpredictable and crammed with more sharp plot hooks than a fishing basket. Tom Cruise shows ageless charm as agent Ethan Hunt as the CIA (led with tongue-in-cheek smarm by Alec Baldwin) is trying to disband the Impossible Mission Force in secretive U.S. Senate meetings. Under investigation, Hunt is forced to abandon Simon Pegg's anxious tech wizard Benji, Ving Rhames' ice-water cool Luther and Jeremy Renner's analytical Brandt. Those are badly timed farewells, because a global threat called the Syndicate is about to launch an international splatterfest only Hunt and his associates can confront.

Colin Covert