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'Jack Reacher' review: Take notes, Tyler Perry
'Jack Reacher' review: Take notes, Tyler Perry

*** (out of four) Before learning about the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I already was disturbed by a scene of “Jack Reacher” in which a sniper sets up five seemingly random people in his sights before killing them. The world only grows more terrifying. Many will not want to submit themselves to the movie’s opening scene, and I don’t blame them. For anyone still interested, “Jack Reacher” is more clever than it looks and easy to recommend as one of the few late-2012 releases that is neither seeking awards nor too dumb to tolerate. Not having read the Lee Child book (“One Shot”) on which the Pittsburgh-set “Jack Reacher” is based,...

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