Home Video Picks & Passes 07.05.20

A Mission: Impossible gets a thumbs-up.

(photo: Paramount Pictures)

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011) — PICK

Spy Kids (2001) — PICK

Spy vs. spy! Two enormously fun and imaginative espionage action romps are now on Amazon Prime — one for the whole family, the other for teens and up.

The family-friendly one is Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids, a colorful, whimsical forerunner to The Incredibles, the most successful of the “marriage and family as an adventure” genre.

Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino play former rival superspies-turned-husband-and-wife whose kids know nothing of their parents’ swashbuckling past.

When Mom and Dad are pulled back into the game, it turns out that the good fight is now a whole family affair.

If you’ve lost track of the installments in Tom Cruise’s biggest franchise, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol — from Incredibles director Brad Bird — is the one that, for my money, kicked the series into high gear.

I wasn’t crazy about the first two M:I sequels, but Bird’s contribution — highlighted by its gonzo Burj Khalifa set piece and breathless stunts that don’t always come off flawlessly — is ridiculously entertaining, with breezy confidence and plenty of charm.


CAVEAT SPECTATOR: Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: Intense action violence; some suggestive content, including images of erotic art; a few instances of profanity and some crass language. Teens and up. Spy Kids: Comic violence and mild scenes of menace and suspense.  Kids and up.

Priestly ordinations in Cameroon including  Fr. Franklin Njua alongside his bishop.

Cameroon’s Catholic Vocation Harvest

The ordination of five men to the priesthood and six to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Obala highlights the spiritual treasures of the West African country.