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‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ will keep you on the edge of your seat

In addition to going Clear, Tom Cruise has also gone clean — as in clean out of his mind. His oft-repeated death-defying stunts in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” are clearly the actions of a crazy person. Has he no sense of self-preservation? Apparently not, because the world’s most famous Scientologist (and rare achiever of the religion’s goal of getting “Clear”) is willing to do just about anything to entertain the pants off of you. And he succeeds at every turn, whether it’s clinging to the fuselage of an ascending airplane in Minsk or racing motorcycles at 100 mph along a narrow, snaking road in Morocco. He even holds his breath for more than three minutes under water — in a whirlpool! Which is only right since we have to hold ours for two whole hours, as “Rogue Nation” delivers thrill after thrill to the point where your nerves can’t take it anymore.

Sequel intriguing, but no ‘Mockingbird’

Some published novels should never see the light of day. Ernest Hemingway’s reputation has suffered from the posthumous release of such wretched drafts as “True at First Light.” Papa Hemingway didn’t release them in his lifetime, and we can tell there was a good reason.

Healthbytes - Getting ready for surgery

As a surgeon, I live in the operating suite. I have an expectation for what any day may be like given the procedures that I have scheduled. However, I was wondering the other day, do my patients really know what to expect on the day of surgery?

Staying Cool

1788: Sazia Santella, 6, and her mother, Dusti Sorcearelli, enjoy the water Friday at the Saracen Landing Splash Park in Pine Bluff. The park features 78 programmable water jets and includes a wheelchair-accessible changing area and bathrooms. It opened this year. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)


An article published Saturday, July 11, about the Pine Bluff City Council Administration Committee discussing an unfilled purchasing manager position should have specified that the committee voted do-pass to eliminate the position. The proposal will go to the full council for a final vote.

King, Queen for a Day

Mary Jackson is crowned Queen of Davis Life Care Center during the facility’s pageant Thursday. Stacey Williams, who is Davis Life Care activities director, right, presents Jackson flowers after she was named the winner. Other queen contestants were Roxie Shaw, Nina Collins, Lucy Goatcher and Carolyn Parks. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)