Synopsis: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Based on a book in Lee Child’s crime series.
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Thoughts: With all the hoopla concerning Tom Cruise in the last week the debut of the teaser trailer for his new film went largely unnoticed. Or maybe it was because it’s not a great advertisement to get the butts into the seats. I’m sure this will wind up being a perfectly fine action film but I’m not so sure that audiences will get behind this version of Cruise. Cruise does best with conflicted heroes like Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible series and even Stacee Jax in Rock of Ages…but I’m not sure that this aggressive Cruise will appeal in quite the same way. Based on a series of crime novels, Jack Reacher could be the start of a new franchise for Cruise or it could be a one-shot deal if the film doesn’t deliver.
Synopsis: After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.
Release Date: August 10, 2012
Thoughts: I’ve long held to the belief that Meryl Streep is at the point in her career where she can do any movie she wants without apology. She clearly takes on projects because she responds to something the experience would hold for her whether it’s a screwball comedy (Death Becomes Her), a gung-ho adventure (The River Wild), a musical (Mamma Mia!), or a Roseanne Barr vehicle (She-Devil). The trailer for Hope Springs doesn’t lead me to believe we’ll see her walking the red carpet to pick up any sort of award…but this is also the woman who parlayed a stock character in The Devil Wears Prada to a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Tommy Lee Jones isn’t as comfortable with comedy as Streep and the preview clearly illustrates this, though the presence of Steve Carrell may be a good equalizer. As far as late summer comedies go, it may be a good antidote to the bombastic box office boffos that preceded it.