Short Circuits: 'Jack Reacher' on DVD, Swype on Google Play

  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 3:16 PM

Tom Cruise, Richard Jenkins and David Oyelowo in “Jack Reacher.”

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Cruise plays it tough in ‘Reacher’

Presumably taking a long, self-indulgent glance at his “What Would Clint Do?” bracelet, Tom Cruise takes on the iconic role of surly vigilante in “Jack Reacher,” resulting in a mismatch of wincingly epic proportions.

This movie is designed primarily to put its leading man in as many clichéd, macho postures as possible, whether it’s crouched behind the wheel of a lipstick-red vintage Chevelle or popping off perfect shots in a ballistic showdown. “I’m just a guy who wants to be left alone” is just one eye-roller of a catchphrase uttered by Cruise, whose character is a laconic Iraq war veteran summoned by the aforementioned shooter to exonerate him for mass murder. Working in cahoots with a beautiful defense attorney (Rosamund Pike), Reacher is a supposedly reluctant hero. But with his penchant for grandstanding it’s difficult to imagine him turning down any opportunity to show off a nearly bottomless — and increasingly monotonous — store of Cool Guy-approved skills.

The DVD (Paramount, $30) has no extras, while the Blu-ray ($40) adds commentary and featurettes.

Washington Post

Kristin Tillotson says: As he can do in his sleep by now, Tom Cruise puts on his tough face and quickly takes command of the screen as Jack Reacher.

Also out Tuesday

Movies: “Mama,” “The Oranges,” “Safe Haven,” “Superman: Unbound,” “Upstream Color.”

TV: “Flashpoint” (Season 5), “Fringe” (Season 5), “Gunsmoke” (Season 8), “Have Gun, Will Travel” (Season 6), “In the Hive,” “Private Practice” (Season 6), “Rookie Blue” (Season 3), “Royal Pains” (Season 4), “30 Rock” (Season 7).

Blu-ray debuts: “Band of Outsiders,” “The Great Escape,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights.”


Tech Q&A

Taking credit for a ride

Q: Can I use my transit card or smart transit card for transportation systems other than in my city?

A: You can use your transit card only in your city. In some cities, you can use the same card for different modes of transportation such as subways, buses and ferries.

Contactless transit cards and contactless bank cards are converging in the United States, however, as transit operators are moving toward “open payment.” This enables the use of bank-issued contactless credit or debit cards from American Express, Discover Network, MasterCard or Visa for direct transit fare payments without a separate transit fare card. This also paves the way for direct transit fare payments using mobile phones with Near Field Communications (NFC), which works with open contactless payments.

Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are among the leading transit operators bringing open payment to their riders.

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