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Review: 'Jack Reacher' Is The Rare Franchise-Starter That Makes You Hungry For More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 17, 2012 1:15 PM
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Much of the hoopla surrounding "Jack Reacher," the first adaptation of the insanely popular series of Lee Child-penned thrillers, has had to do with the casting of the diminutive Tom Cruise in the title role. As described in the novels, Reacher is, physically speaking, a brute – close-cropped blonde hair, nearly seven-feet tall, well over 200 pounds. In one of the novels he literally crushes a dude's skull with his bare hands. By comparison, Tom Cruise could fit snugly into a standard-sized teacup, is slimmer than an iPhone 5, and has muddy brown hair. But one of the more miraculous things about "Jack Reacher," an altogether entertaining and completely surprising pulp romp, is how Cruise embodies the Reacher character in the way he moves, the way he glances, and the way he talks (or doesn't talk). It doesn't matter that Tom Cruise is the tiny, snuggly version of Jack Reacher. He is still, very much, Jack Reacher.

Get To Know 'Jack Reacher' With New Clips & Dossier Of Fresh Images; 'Top Gun' 3D Coming In February

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 3:39 PM
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This December while Hollywood's other A-list stars put on their tuxedos to try and hustle the awards season circuit, Tom Cruise is forging his own path, going the blockbuster route. Last year around the same time he had a mega smash hit with "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and Paramount is hoping the magic can happen again with "Jack Reacher."

Watch: Tom Cruise Is Basically Wall-E In First Trailer For 'Oblivion'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 8, 2012 10:10 AM
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With the hope of cementing his comeback, started with "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" (we'll kindly overlook "Rock Of Ages"), and looking to be continued with "Jack Reacher," Tom Cruise is turning to a genre he's generally been a stranger to -- science-fiction. Aside from his two films with Steven Spielberg, "Minority Report" and "War Of The Worlds," Cruise has rarely delved into more fantastical territory, but he's currently filming Doug Liman's "All You Need Is Kill," and is circling another script called "Our Name Is Adam." But first up is "Oblivion," and hot on the the heels of a poster, the film's trailer has leaked online overseas.

Earth Is A Memory For Tom Cruise In First Poster For 'Oblivion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 1:44 PM
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We're going to be seeing a lot of Tom Cruise in the next five months. Of course, in a couple of weeks he hits theaters around the world as the knee-cap smashing, ex-military investigator "Jack Reacher," and then after that, he'll just do a little something known as saving Earth.

Watch: 'Jack Reacher' Beats Up 5 Guys In New Clip Plus More Footage In Japanese Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2012 5:34 PM
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The question around "Jack Reacher" still remains to be whether or not Tom Cruise can pull off the hulking title character of Lee Child's best-selling book series. But if this new clip is anything to go by, what the actor may lack in physical size, he more than makes up for in ferocity.

Watch: 'Jack Reacher' Is A Ghost In New Clip From Tom Cruise's Latest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 1:19 PM
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Do you want to know who Jack Reacher is? Just watch this first clip from the Tom Cruise vehicle that Paramount is hoping will go full throttle later this month.

Beg For Your Life: Werner Herzog Wears Contacts, Goes Evil In TV Spots For 'Jack Reacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 5:21 PM
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We really don't recall Lee Child's Jack Reacher books being quasi-comedies, but in its transition to the big screen, the character has become shorter, more fashionable and armed with an arsenal of one liners. If people were complaining before, it won't stop here.

'Jack Reacher' Helmer Christopher McQuarrie Likely To Reteam With Tom Cruise For 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2012 12:35 PM
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The last few years have marked something of a comeback for writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. He was the toast of the town after penning one of the more acclaimed screenplays of the 1990s with "The Usual Suspects," winning an Academy Award for his trouble. But he found it tricky to follow that success; his directorial debut, 2000's "The Way of the Gun," wasn't nearly as well received, and finding it difficult to get his work greenlit, was on the verge of quitting the business. Still, he got there in the end, reuniting with 'Suspects' director Bryan Singer for 2008's "Valkyrie," and that turned everything around.

Tom Cruise Wears A Mech Suit, Runs From An Explosion In New Pic From 'All You Need Is Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2012 8:55 AM
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Tom Cruise All You Need Is Kill, Edge Of Tomorrow
All you need is Cruise, amirite? While the tabloid machine never stops swirling around the actor, he's just putting his head down and getting the work done, and though "Jack Reacher" looks generic as well, we have to say our eyebrows are certainly raised by this image.

Will Tom Cruise's 'Jack Reacher' Kick Ass Or Jump The Couch?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 18, 2012 1:00 PM
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Last Christmas, Tom Cruise proved, after a difficult few years, that he's still got it with "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," a surprisingly thrilling actioner that proved to be, by some distance, the best film of the franchise so far, which further paid off by becoming the biggest movie of the season.

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