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"...Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry Czerny, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno and Emilio Estevez. The television series Mission: Impossible was heady, trippy stuff in the late Sixties -- brilliant disguises and calculated deceits, all to a signature musical theme that urgently evoked intrigue..."
"...To be fair, De Palma used the Italian maestro for 1992's Raising Cain; that film bore more than a hint of the younger, suspenseful De Palma, the man behind Carrie, Sisters, Dressed to Kill, Blowout, and Body Double, a director content to twist your nerves like the garrote-strings of an over-tuned baby grand. Since then, with more mainstream fare such as Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, and the muddled Mission: Impossible, De Palma has reached out to embrace a larger audience and seemingly sacrificed those traits that drew us to him in the first place: his singular vision, his clinical stylistics, and the palpable sense of dread that his best films engender..."
"...While the subtitle to this latest entry in the Mission: Impossible series may be better suited to a Keith Urban song or a right-wing talk show, Rogue Nation actually refers to the Syndicate, a shadowy organization hinted at near the end of 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. IMF (that’s Impossible Mission Force, not International Monetary Fund) leader Ethan Hunt (Cruise) believes this organization is behind a number of disparate international incidents set to destabilize global geopolitics, from vanishing airplanes and financial crises to military coups in third-world countries..."
"...Perhaps it’s the fact that I just finished reading Jaron Lanier's counterintuitive but deeply persuasive polemic You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, or maybe I'm just suffering from sequelitis, but my reaction to Ethan Hunt's fourth impossible mission on the big screen (really big; this one's shot in IMAX format) was one long existential yawn. Why? It's a brilliantly constructed film for the most part, far and away the best of the franchise thus far, keen to please its core audience and stretching itself in ways that possibly only new helmer Brad Bird might have thought of..."
"...A succession of tiered rows of computers and workstations, filled with chain-smoking engineers with buzz cuts, short-sleeved collared shirts, and a persistent expression of deep concentration. Often emulated and updated in global espionage blockbusters, this is the real deal: Mission Control..."
"...In 2008, Garriott became the first second-generation American space traveler when he blasted off from Kazakhstan, a setting that gives the film its powerful opening imagery of the rocket being carted via train tracks to the launch pad. That’s the first jaw-dropper, but it isn’t the last: Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott's Road to the Stars moves freely through NASA training facilities and Russian mess halls and finally into the International Space Station, where Garriott bunked out for 10 days and brought a camera along to document his historic voyage...."
"...It's been quite the interminable space opera, distribution-wise, for Austin-based Beef and Pie Productions' out-of-this-world documentary Richard Garriott: Man On a Mission, but the countdown is finally over...."
"...Starring: Benjamin Bratt, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Erika Alexander, Jesse Borrego and Talisa Soto Bratt. Set in the Mission district of San Francisco, this film oozes with location detail and a knowing sense of Latino culture..."
"...Abrams cut his teeth on television's Alias and Lost, not to mention Felicity (an all-but-unrecognizable Keri Russell shows up here, too). Abrams works from a tight, serpentine script that never loses its rocket-sled forward motion – despite co-screenwriters, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, grounding the proceedings in the realistic (so far as that goes) bedrock of Impossible Mission Force hotshot Ethan Hunt's (Cruise) personal life..."
"...David Fairhead knows who was responsible for that. They're the subject of his Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo, a new doc that brings the complex endeavor to life onscreen – from the POV of that less publicly celebrated team..."
"...Mission of Burma didn't reunite to compare paunches and hairlines. The reconvening of these early-Eighties Boston post-punks isn't a cashing-in or mending of fences..."
"...Arriving just in the nick of time, the method favored by Tom Cruise and co., having honed it down to a dizzying science over the course of 20 years and six films, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is here to save you from the oppressive summer heat (well, for an afternoon, anyway). It’s also a relentlessly entertaining exercise in putting Cruise’s Ethan Hunt through his paces again..."
"...Dear Editor, In response to last week’s “Naked City” [News, Nov. 6] description of the Coalition for Clean Affordable Reliable Energy, I’d like to clarify a few points written about the coalition’s mission and membership..."
"...Mission of Burma's career arc is hard to trace. The Boston-based core trio – guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, and drummer Peter Prescott – put out one proper album, 1982's revered post-punk mold-breaker Vs., before disbanding in 1983 due to Miller's increasing tinnitus...."
"...The ladies from Model Citizen Clothing told me I could model them for the website … I said I'd think about it. Maker Faire's official mission is to "inspire" crafters "by showing how much fun it is to make things." I was a little overwhelmed, but I went home on Sunday and pulled out my long-neglected Dremel tool..."
"...Dear Editor, Because this administration has yet to accomplish any real mission, they instead use ploys to blatantly mislead the country prior to the midterms. Two big issues for "the rest of us" (as opposed to those who bought this administration) are the war against terrorism (that's Osama, not Iraq) and our pocketbooks..."
"...Here is a link to Planned Parenthood's mission statement, in case you wonder what kinds of services they provide to the community: www.plannedparenthood.org/about/thisispp/mission.html As you can see, the emotionally loaded, vulgar accusation by critics that Planned Parenthood is an "abortion chamber" ["Planned Parenthood Says Its Future Is Set in Stone," Nov. 14] couldn't be further from the truth..."
"...But the facade she built eventually collapsed under the weight of her undiagnosed conditions. "I'd had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning," says Potter, who is District 4 Council Member Greg Casar's appointee on the city's Commission on Veterans Affairs..."
"...Make a connection. That's your mission...."
"...Ask any of the leading opponents to explain why they believe the rate change is a bad deal, and within minutes they're apologizing for going off on tangents, jumping from talking point to talking point – there are so many variables involved in the case, they say. Late last week, even the most experienced rate-case pros, like consumer attorney Lanetta Cooper, were still trying to analyze some of the finer technical details – in part because the proposal has changed somewhat since it limped out of the Electric Utility Commission on a 4-3 vote in October...."
"...When Carstarphen launched her "reduction in force," or RIF, in November 2010, it was sold as a necessary cost-saving exercise. However, 88 of the 1,153 positions she asked the board of trustees for permission to cut were actually part of an administrative reorganization..."
"...Set in the Mission district of San Francisco, the film oozes with location detail and a knowing sense of Latino culture. In this lead role, Bratt delivers one of his finest performances as a complicated man who is accustomed to using intimidation and his fists to resolve conflicts..."
"...Iraq War veteran and local film maker Casey Porter is is continuing to mine the days of footage he gathered while in Western Asia. His latest short documentary, Fire Mission, is now online, and proves (if it needed proving again) that he's not the only person in the US armed forces wondering why the US is in Iraq, and questioning what is being sold as standard operating procedures...."
"...*Oops! The following correction ran in the February 1, 2008 issue: We misidentified sculptor Peggy Maceo as Pam Maceo in last week's "Dinosaur-Track Rescue Mission Under Way at UT ... Slowly." The Chronicle regrets the errors...."
"...The alliance also announced a move for its offices (from Congress and Ninth to Congress and Third, in the Swift Building), a move for the festival (from Republic Square Park down to City Hall and Lady Bird Lake), new additions to the festival (collaborative community projects and outdoor installations developed by artists and architects, with the American Institute of Architects Austin holding a competition to design temporary outdoor gallery space), new programs (a quarterly discussion series on making and collecting art), and new support for local artists (awarding $25,000 in grants to individual artists, showcasing their work in a curated gallery space at its new offices). It all adds up to an update in mission as much as nomenclature, which bodes well for the organization's – and Austin's – future...."
"...The newly formed Wholesale Power Alliance is rightly upset that their electric rates (and rate increases) subsidize LCRA's water department expansion. In general manager Joe Beal's quest to grow, LCRA has been taking on debt (and losses) to extend water pipelines across the Hill Country and over the fragile Barton Springs Watershed. Why build the waterlines? To provide developers with the infrastructure they need to build high-density mega-subdivisions in the Hill Country. Electric rates should not be used to subsidize Hill Country developers at the expense of both LCRA's electric customers and the health and well-being of the Colorado River, the Highland Lakes, and the Edwards and Trinity aquifers. With its sprawl-inducing infrastructure spending, LCRA violates its obligation in its mission statement to "ensure the protection and constructive use of the area's natural resources." LCRA is no longer bringing electricity to hardscrabble farmers living without modern conveniences..."
"...Only a few younger members rallied 'round him. California became his mission field...."
"...Most recently his voice has reverberated out of Greater Calvary's chapel all the way over to West Sixth Street, where, as the official spokesman for a fledgling Eastside activist group, he is delivering a hard-line message to the administration of the Austin Independent School District. Discontinue a legacy of racist and unequal public education, say Lands and his community allies, or suffer the public, political, and financial consequences.46 Years After Brown It is Sterling Lands' ministerial ability to move from the fevered to the sublime in one seamless swoop that underlies the intensity of his current public mission..."
"...Yet in talking with the Dancehall Boys about their driving passion, one easily recalls Jake and Elwood saying, "We're on a mission from God." More than just a running gag about saving an orphanage, the bluesmen's raison d'être also declared Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's zealous determination to preserve the classic soul music they loved dearly...."
"...The dissolution of a relationship. Personal or professional, when the mission burns down, few things are more painful than shifting through the ashes..."
"...Keasler declined an interview request, but did answer two Chronicle questions by e-mail. For starters, he notes he is most proud of his 12-year "record of clear, principled judicial decision-making, resulting in bringing Texas criminal jurisprudence back into the mainstream, while constantly striving to render justice in each individual case." (This appears to refer to his admission to the Morning News that the CCA has developed a "poor reputation" over the past years..."
"...With M:i-2, Woo has combined his trademark flair for elaborate action set-pieces with his more classically romantic underpinnings, resulting in a film that could easily have been retitled Young Agents in Love. It's rife with matchless stuntwork and derring-do on the part of Impossible Missions Force superspy Ethan Hunt (Cruise), but the script, by none less than Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo, The Firm), tends to bog down in the sort of needless exposition that you identify with Fleming's 007 (“One thing I don't understand, you fiend: How did you circumvent the satellite's onboard anti-tamper device?” “Ahhh … Mr..."
"...Hidden somewhere in our city is a great benefactor of the arts, one whose contributions in the past five years have had an impact not only locally but internationally. This deep-pocketed patron has quietly become a major force in the creation of new work, commissioning pieces from some of the world's premier composers, musicians, and dance/theatre artists..."
"...Apart from the establishing sequences, which show the rigors of Navy SEAL training and a few moments in the barracks, the entire film tracks a military operation that went horribly wrong. The film is based on the book published by the mission’s lone survivor Marcus Luttrell, who is played by Mark Wahlberg..."
"...From the beginning it was a daunting mission; a "wholesale re-examination" takes time. But it also takes authority – the power to corral the city's department heads and push for broad changes; the power to move freely through a bureaucracy; the power that only comes with across the board buy-in (a true civic rarity), some real iron-fistedness, intimate knowledge of and access to city leaders – or some kind of combination of all those elements...."