Early Word

Tom Cruise's Hit Nazi Flick?

Among all the controversy and hoopla that has surrounded the production of Valkyrie, the $90 million Tom Cruise vehicle about a German general's plot to assassinate Hitler, The Independent has a surprising note: The movie may actually be good. "All the buzz is that it's pretty good," said Variety's executive editor, Steven Gaydos, after the first press screening. The positive reception has compelled MGM to give the movie a holiday release date (as opposed to Valentine's Day weekend) so that it will have an outside chance at Oscar nominations.