Movie review: Tom Cruise saves the world and boosts his career in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

June 5, 2014 10:07 AM

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Movie review: Tom Cruise saves the world and boosts his career in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

In the karmic wheel of fortune that is our pop culture fame game, Tom Cruise has been on the downswing for some time now. There are signs he’s back on the ascent: Some favorable career overviews in the smarter corners of the Web, a grudging acknowledgment that he always was a better actor than credited (exhibits A: “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Rain Man,” “Magnolia”), the sense that he may in fact be the last old-school movie star standing. He has been keeping his mouth shut for a while, too, which helps.

There are still a lot of haters out there, though — it’s awfully easy, isn’t it? — and they may be cheered by the idea of “Edge of Tomorrow,” a movie in which Tom Cruise is killed hundreds of times, in baroque, tragic, comic, and ridiculous ways. That’s entertainment? Well, yes, and not just for the...

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