Peter Travers' 2012 Fall Movie Preview

The 25 movies to see and five that go straight into the Scum Bucket

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'Jack Reacher'
Karen Ballard9/30

'Jack Reacher'

In Theaters: December 21st
Starring: Tom Cruise
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
As a card-carrying admirer of Lee Child's 17 superb Jack Reacher novels, I had an eyebrow-lifting moment when I learned Tom Cruise had been cast as Child's brawny hero. Why? Reacher, a West Pointer who served 13 years in the military police before becoming a drifter, is described as  a 6' 5" mountain of a man with a 50-inch chest. That's not Cruise. But my guess is that Cruise will do just fine with catching Reacher's icy focus as he brings down a sniper in director Christopher McQuarrie's take on Child's 2005 bestseller One Shot. That's for damn sure.

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