Fall movie comebacks of 2012
Biggest Hit: "Horrible Bosses" (commercially), "Ray" (critically)
Comeback Vehicle: "Django Unchained"
Will It Work?: Seems likely. With Quentin Tarantino scoring a major critical and box-office hit with 2009's "Inglourious Basterds," the director's career hasn't been this hot since his "Pulp Fiction" heyday - and if critics and audiences take to the film the way they did his last historical effort, that career momentum is bound to rub off on his "Django" star Jamie Foxx. Following his Oscar-winning performance in "Ray," Foxx seemed destined to become one of the screen's greatest stars, but his output since then has been a decidedly mixed bag. 2006's "Dreamgirls," in which he shared top billing with co-star Beyonce Knowles, saw him playing second-fiddle to Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson come awards season, and leading-man roles in would-be hits like "Miami Vice" and "The Kingdom" were dampened by disappointing critical and box-office receptions. As a starring vehicle, "Django" represents his meatiest role in years, and if it manages to catch fire like "Basterds" did - and perhaps even garners him some awards-season buzz - he's more than likely to get some of that career mojo back.
- Chris Eggertsen