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Tom Cruise, MGM Seek a Yuletide Gift with Valkyrie

Tom Cruise in Valkyrie

Anybody’s guess is just as good as another as to what to expect for Valkyrie, the upcoming WWII thriller about an assassination attempt on Hitler. First, the original plan was to have the film released during the middle of this summer. Then the release was pushed back to October and it seemed as if the producers were confident about its chances come February when the Academy Awards roll around. Then something shockingly unexpected happened. The film was scaled back again, all the way to February itself. February! A cinematic quagmire where critics and audiences alike suffer through garbage like Over Her Dead Body and The Hottie and the Nottie. If I may borrow a line from the Joker: “What happened? Did your balls drop off?”

The film’s journey to theaters has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride and it seems now that, finally, equilibrium has been restored. After some positive test screenings, MGM has decided to give the film a December 26 release date. However, the jury is still out on whether or not the film will be a shiny new bike or a lump of coal.

Valkyrie has some big names attached to it. The film is directed by X-Men and Superman Returns fame Bryan Singer and penned by his Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Tom Cruise as Nazi Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who devises the plan to get rid of Hitler. It has a superb international cast consisting of Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretchsmann, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel, and Terence Stamp.

What are your thoughts about the new release date for Valkyrie?

Nate Deen is a 20-year old aspiring film critic/essayist from Pensacola, Fla. He just graduated with an AA degree in journalism from Pensacola Junior College. He will be attending the University of Florida soon to continue his studies in journalism and film. His goal is to either pursue a writing career in entertainment, sports or perhaps both, but his dream is to write and direct his own movies. Recently, he's been devouring classic films, American and foreign. His favorite directors include Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock. If he had to make a top 10 list of the greatest films of all time, they would be: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather I and II, Vertigo, The Third Man, Schindler's List, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Raging Bull, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and City Lights. He runs his own movie review website, www.cinemaitis.com.

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