Mission: Impossible - Fallout ★★★★★

What if "The Dark Knight" but Tom Cruise? What if "Skyfall" but "Mission Impossible"? That's "Fallout," the best movie of 2018 thus far and the best action movie since "Mad Max: Fury Road." To use an overdone online parlance, this movie fucks. And from the jump too, with a prologue that combines elements of the first "Mission: Impossible" with a hilarious cameo and the Wikipedia entry to "Rogue Nation" to set the tone for what's to come. "Fallout" is a masterpiece of action cinema -- to wit: the second act is basically one giant action sequence segmented into separate movements -- and a tightly wound spy game that does just enough with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and his IMF team (Rebecca Ferguson remains a highlight) to make the characters worth caring about. A relentless, special movie -- the best Cruise has done since "Edge of Tomorrow" -- "Fallout" feels like the end of this beloved franchise. And why not? How do you top perfection? Why would you even bother to try?