"American Made" stars Tom Cruise as TWA pilot Barry Seal, but have no fear, you won't be thinking of "Top Gun" when you see Cruise play the not quite smart pilot who is lured away from his day job to start flying weapons to Central America for the CIA. Based on a true story, this film has the sets and feel of the 1980s nailed to a capital T. When Barry feels his cover company isn't giving him enough cash to support his family, he turns to a little side action with the guys who formed the Medellin drug cartel, and that's just a tip of the iceberg in a movie that's a well acted and well written telling of some of the events that led up to the Iran-Contra scandal. And make no mistake, while Tom Cruise seems the ever eternal action hero, this guy gets back to basics and shows his acting chops with much comic relief. It's definitely worth the price of a ticket.
Victoria & Abdul: B
In another film based on true story, Dame Judi Dench capably returns to the screen as Queen Victoria in "Victoria & Abdul." She first played her in "Mrs. Brown" in 1997. Abdul (Ali Fazal) is an Indian government official sent to England to deliver a special coin to Victoria simply because he is tall. He is enchanted by the English queen, while his fellow countryman sent along for the journey longs for nothing more to return to their homeland. Victoria is enchanted by his "otherness" and quite quickly makes him her footman. It's clear any otherness would be welcomed by a woman tired of the petty squabbles of a household jockeying for position and holding firmly to tradition. Her oldest son, Prince Albert, delightfully played by Eddie Izzard, is heir to the throne and has other ideas for this innocent relationship he feel compromises the royal house. At its heart, this story is merely that of wealthy older woman who has a new friend and a family isn't at all pleased with that relationship. They believe her to be in her dotage which is hardly the case as Abdul teaches her Urdu. What's more difficult to discern is how the filmmaker wants you to feel about Abdul. Is he an "Uncle Tom" as his fellow Indian footman calls him, a huckster or merely a sincerely kind subject? It seems to be more of the latter.
Up in Saskatchewan, Canada, Brandon White captured some incredible footage of wildlife being downright adorable at sunset. From beavers and river otters to stunning birds — everyone's showing up to the party. Lucky us!
This hilarious dog is literally so nervous trying to run through this house! He didn’t recognize his owner and went into instant panic mode and leapt out a window in the back of the house just to get away from who he thought was a total stranger.
Next, to another few dogs whose owners are curious what their reactions will be to a big remote-control-spider. They seem a little cautious at first and ultimately they just play around in a mindset of confusion and playfulness!
I'm sure most of us can remember great times of helping your grandmother cook or maybe skipping the helping part and just eating her amazing food. Nonna Elda is an 81-year-old great-grandma who loves to share her recipes. Her granddaughter Alessandra films and runs her accounts, and she's super popular on TikTok! View Now
We’ve all been a little short on cash and had to come up with creative recipes for foods like ramen. The stars of OWN Network’s “Kings of Napa” have been there as well. Cocoa Butter sat down with Ashlee Brian, Yaani King Mondchein and Curtis Hamilton so that they could try each other’s creative ramen noodle recipes. View Now
We have just three words for you, “Savory Sausage Rolls.” Wait, looks like we have a recipe for you as well. Which is good, because our very own recipe hunter Jessica Hord knew we were craving something delicious and easy to make. View Now
If you thought Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin — yes, the Cheech — was just an actor, comedian, musician and activist, then think again! Cheech has passionately collected Chicano art for years, and became the owner of the largest privately owned collection of Chicano art in the world. View Now
Fans probably know Tia Mowry best from her iconic sitcom “Sister, Sister,” where she starred with her twin Tamara. However, fans might not know that Tia is big into music. InStyle asked the star to sing some of the songs that had the biggest impact on her life. From Tupac Shakur to Celine Dion, her musical taste really runs the gamut. View Now
Usually, it’s Tom Cruise who is surprising people with his big movies and even bigger stunts. This time, however, while he was filming Mission Impossible 8 in South Africa, it was Mr. Cruise’s time to be surprised by his fans. A large group of fans serenaded the megastar with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers, just like that iconic bar scene from the original "Top Gun." View Now
Crystal Wright posted a bit on her TikTok about how girls expect their boyfriends to act toward other women when they aren't around, and it's pretty hilarious. Over the top? No way! You did hear the part where he said he had a girlfriend, didn't you? View Now
Leave it to your closest friends and family to prank you even on one of the most important days of your life…your wedding day. When Dontae turns to his brother and best man Shadon for the ring, he gets nervous when Shadon is fidgeting like he forgot the most important thing he needed to remember. When he pulls out a ring pop, everyone is cracking up besides the groom himself. But don’t worry…he didn’t actually forget the real ring!
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An advocate mom, a patient employee and a hungry teen are the recipe for a heartwarming trip through the Chick-fil-A drive-thru. The 17-year-old Ste'ce is sitting in the backseat. He has autism and is nonverbal. His mom Shayla knows her job is to help instill indepence in her son and here she does just that by reminding Ste'ce to ask for what he needs. In this moment all that's required is a picture menu and the few extra moments it takes to teach inclusiveness. Ste'ce's smile speaks volumes! View Now
Kobe Freeman was enjoying a hamburger when he felt a sharp pain in his mouth. Somehow, a bee had gotten onto Kobe's burger and it stung his tongue while he was eating! His tongue swelled up to massive proportions, so he took to social media to find a remedy that worked.
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What started as just a normal Zoom classroom meeting turned into a call for action to help a fellow student. A woman in Ecuador was robbed while she was taking part in the virtual classroom, her laptop capturing the whole thing.
Other students and the professor sprang into action, contacting the police right away. Fortunately, nobody was harmed and the suspects were arrested soon after the incident. The cellphones they stole led the police right to their location. View Now