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Tom Cruise tries start copy franchise with 'Jack Reacher.' | Paramount Pictures

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Updated: December 24, 2012 6:21AM



Released Nov. 21

“Red Dawn.” Otherwise known as “Before They Were Stars.” A young Chris Hemsworth (“The Avengers”) and Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) remade this ’80s flick several years ago, and it’s just now reaching theaters. Once again, American kids have to take to the woods and fight when North Korea not only attacks America, but also occupies their local Subway sandwich shop.

Nov. 23

“Hitchcock.” The famed director Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) is known for a lot of stories — except the one revolving around his love for his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), during the filming of “Psycho” in 1959. Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, while Jessica Biel is Vera Miles.

Nov. 30

“The Collection.” Josh Stewart is a young man who survives a serial killer and must rescue a woman from a booby-trapped torture chamber. In other words, this season’s horror thriller.

“Killing Them Softly.” Brad Pitt breaks away from the brood to play Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer called in to find out how a heist went wrong. The heist, by the way, involves one of those “Sopranos”-like mob poker games. You have to love that Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini — two guys who know about “the life” — round out this cast.

Dec. 7

“Playing for Keeps.” All Gerard Butler really wants is a holiday hit. He puts down his surfboard to play a soccer coach trying to get his life back together with an excellent supporting cast including Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid and Judy Greer.

Dec. 14

“Hyde Park on the Hudson.” Wilmette’s own Bill Murray stars in the saga of the love affair between FDR and his cousin Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney). Complicating matters over a weekend of romance is a visit from the king and queen of England.

Dec. 19

“The Guilt Trip.” People, people who have adult children have a way of torturing them as an inventor (Seth Rogen) can testify when he takes his mom (Barbra Streisand) on a road trip while trying to sell his latest contraption.

Dec. 21

“This Is 40.” In a “Knocked Up” sequel without the people who got knocked up, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann resume their roles as that other family where the parents are hitting the big 4-O in director Judd Apatow’s look at aging in America.

“Jack Reacher.” Tom Cruise is a homicide investigator who looks into a situation where a military sniper is shooting random victims. It’s all based on the best-selling Lee Child book that is being positioned as a new franchise for Cruise.

“Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.” A fantasy storyline is set to the moves and music of Cirque du Soleil. James Cameron executive produces.

Dec. 25

“Parental Guidance.” Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) decide to baby-sit the grandkids while their hovering parents must leave town for work. It’s old-school parenting vs. new-school.

Cindy Pearlman



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