Holiday movies 2012: 24 films that will get us to the theater
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'Jack Reacher'( Paramount )
Release date: Dec. 21
Blockbuster, Oscar bait or something else? Blockbuster
Last year's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was one of the best surprises of the holiday season -- a giddy blast of action-movie escapism that seemed even more fun surrounded by serious Oscar contenders. Hopefully, Tom Cruise can pull that off again in this adaptation of Lee Child's best-selling thriller "One Shot." Child himself defended Cruise's casting after Reacher fans carped that the actor might be miscast as the physically imposing former Army Military Police officer. And if "Mission: Impossible" has taught us anything, it's that Cruise is at his best when he's underestimated.
-- Geoff Berkshire, Zap2it