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Critic’s Notebook

Tom Cruise continues his odd trajectory with ‘Rock of Ages’

The rock star up on the movie screen is a wreck: greasy hair, skeletal frame, eyes a thousand miles away. Tattoos of pistols adorn his stomach and point down into his pants, but, really, he’s been out of bullets for a long time. The film is “Rock of Ages,” the character is Stacee Jaxx, and the actor used to be the epitome of clean-cut movie heroism.

Remember when we thought we knew who Tom Cruise was?

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