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Mission: Impossible
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. Its...
Film Review  May 24, 1996, by Steve Davis
"...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..."

Mission to Mars
I lost Brian De Palma around the time he stopped using Pino Donaggio as his chief source of film scores. To be fair, De Palma used the Italian maestro for...
Film Review  March 10, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Just accept the mission and pass the popcorn
Film Review  July 31, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
This fourth entry in the Tom Cruise film franchise is the best of the bunch; it's wacky and keen to please.
Film Review  December 16, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
Doc on the men behind the astronauts
Film Review  April 14, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott's Road to the Stars
This film is a behind-the-scenes document of Richard Garriott's quest to be the first second-generation astronaut in space and the actual journey.
Film Review  January 20, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

Hallo, Spaceboy! 'Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission' Returns to Earth
Local doc with stellar ambitions opens at Alamo
DAILY Screens  January 19, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

La Mission
Benjamin Bratt plays a reformed convict and recovering alcoholic in this film written and directed by his brother Peter Bratt.
Film Review  May 14, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Mission: Impossible III
It's all poppycock, of course, but done with great vim, vigor, and flair.
Film Review  May 5, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

All Systems Are Go for NASA Doc Mission Control
Showtime at the Apollo
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Spotlight: Mission of Burma
Once I had my heroes…
Music Story  March 19, 2004, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Tom Cruise risks life and limb in one of the best missions yet
Film Review  July 27, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Clarifying CCARE's Membership and Mission
Postmarks  November 11, 2009
"...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
Completing the 21st century Matador trinity
Music Story  November 6, 2009, by Audra Schroeder
"...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...."

Maker Faire: Mission Accomplished
This year's Maker Faire was exhausting, but the inspiration was boundless
DAILY Design  October 20, 2008, by Sarah Jean Billeiter
"...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..."

Only 'Mission Accomplished' to Mislead People
Postmarks  September 26, 2006
"...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..."

Planned Parenthood's Mission
Postmarks  November 14, 2003
"...Here is a link to Planned Parenthood's mission statement, in case you wonder what kinds of services they provide to the community: 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..."

Ms. Veteran America's Mission to End Female Veteran Homelessness
Molly Potter raises awareness for mental health issues
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...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..."

Playback: SXSW Mission Statement
Six lists to get you through SXSW 2015
Music Column  March 19, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Make a connection. That's your mission...."

Beside the Point: 'Mission of Affordability'
AE brings a half-baked rate increase to City Council
News Story  January 13, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...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...."

A Mission To Communicate
Austin ISD's new multicultural, multitasking outreach director has a big job ahead: telling the district's story and getting the district to listen to the response
News Story  November 11, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Austin Film Festival: 'La MISSION'
Writer/director Peter Bratt and his brother, actor Benjamin Bratt, create a knowing portrait of a Latino father in the modern-day Mission district of San Francisco.
DAILY Screens  October 29, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Fire Mission
Anti-war vet Casey Porter's latest mini-doc now online
DAILY News  July 21, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Dinosaur-Track Rescue Mission Under Way at UT ... Slowly
Bureaucratic hurdles not withstanding, legendary fossils could soon have new home.
News Story  January 25, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...*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...."

Art Alliance Austin: At 50, a rejuvenated mission and new name
After five decades, Austin Fine Arts Alliance has renamed itself Art Alliance Austin
Arts Story  October 19, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

LCRA Has Forgotten Its Mission
Postmarks  October 17, 2006
"...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..."

Gram Parsons: Mission Accomplished
Music Story  June 30, 2006
"...Only a few younger members rallied 'round him. California became his mission field...."

Sterling Lands' New Mission
Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.
News Story  January 12, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

A Mission From God
Music Story  October 30, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Burn Down the Mission
Darden Smith
Music Story  April 4, 1997, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The dissolution of a relationship. Personal or professional, when the mission burns down, few things are more painful than shifting through the ashes..."

New Name but Same Mission for aGLIFF
The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival embraces the diversity of queer culture
Screens Story  September 6, 2018, by Josh Kupecki

Mission Park
Two turn to crime, two go undercover with the FBI – the old gang ain't what it used to be.
Film Review  September 20, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tweaking the Model, if not the Mission
Alamo Slaughter Lane set to open mid-March
Screens Story  February 10, 2012, by Richard Whittaker

Mission Impossible?
Hampton seeks to break GOP lock on state's highest criminal court
News Story  October 22, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

Party With a Mission: Raise East Austin Turnout
Southwest Key offers music, refreshments, and voting
DAILY News  October 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols

Angels on a Mission
News Story  August 31, 2007, by Dan Selinger

Happy 'Mission Accomplished' Day!
The famous speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln went down four years ago today …
DAILY News  May 1, 2007, by Wells Dunbar

Mission: Improvable
Austin's improv community gathers intelligence
Arts Story  August 25, 2006, by Wayne Alan Brenner

Mission Accomplished
After more than a decade, Mars' adventurous menu might not be as challenging as it once was, but it's still one of the best in town
Food Story  October 15, 2004, by Claudia Alarcón

Mission, Not Accomplished
The city's draft budget is on the table, and the cuts just keep on coming
News Story  June 18, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: Max on a Mission
Will Austin's turbulent climate produce a perfect storm for Max Nofziger's mayoral campaign?
News Column  March 7, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison

A Guy on a Mission
QTV will give Austinites another chance to experience Quentin Tarantino as a passionate educator.
Screens Story  August 17, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mission: Impossible Two
Your opinion on this John Woo-helmed sequel is going to depend on whichever camp you found yourself in following the 1996 original, which legendarily divided audiences straight down the middle....
Film Review  May 26, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

The Mission Statement of Addison DeWitt
Features Story  February 4, 2000, by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Sub Mission
There's No Substitute for a Teacher - Just Ask AISD
News Story  May 29, 1998, by Lisa Tozzi

Mission: Mariachi
Testing Tacos, Trajes, and Tequila
Food Story  May 2, 1997, by Meredith Phillips

Commission Mission
UT's Performing Arts Center Spawns New Art
Arts Story  October 18, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Man on a Mission
Professor, Collector, Leader Gil Cárdenas
Arts Story  August 18, 1995

Lone Survivor
A SEAL team mission in Afghanistan goes very wrong in this intense combat film with a bang-up cast.
Film Review  January 10, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

It's Not Easy Being Green
The city's Office of Sustainability is still trying to find a sustainable mission
News Story  April 5, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...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...."

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