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15 Dec

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction-all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history. — (C) Warner Bros

Scott’s Take

I wasn’t a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. I found it hard to understand half of what they were saying. A Game of Shadows looks like more of the same. If you liked the first film, I’m sure you will be all over this one. Have fun!

Steve’s Take

I’m in the corner of Scotty on this one. Usually if you are a fan of a series, you will like them all. Except of course the Final Destination series. Ugh.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this. — (C) Paramount

Scott’s Take

Aside from the dreadful 2nd entry in the Mission:Impossible series, I have enjoyed the non stop action these films provide. I’m interested to see what Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) brings to the table. If the movie is as good as the trailer, this is the film to beat this holiday season. How many of you are seeing this on an IMAX screen this weekend? You will get to enjoy the first 7 minutes of The Dark Knight Rises prologue. For everyone else, the movie opens on Wednesday.

Steve’s Take

Wow – 2 for 2 this week so far. I’m with Scotty again. The fear is that the trailer is better than the actual movie is going to be. I guess the privilege of seeing the first 7 minutes of The Dark Knight Rises is worth it alone. Enjoy.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a remote island. As the ‘Munks and Chipettes try various schemes to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. — (C) Official Site

Scott’s Take

IF YOU DON”T GO SEE THIS MOVIE, THEY WILL NOT MAKE ANOTHER! PLEASE STAY AWAY!

Steve’s Take

Scott seems to have anger issues when it comes to the Chipmunks. If you children then this one might be a must see for them. Otherwise please go see a grown up movie. I better not see any of you in line to purchase a ticket for this. You have been warned.

Young Adult

Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either. — (C) Paramount

Scott’s Take

Young Adult will almost certainly be lost in the shuffle this holiday season. I think they got the marketing all wrong on this one. It looks genuinely funny and Charlize Theron looks like she gives an award nominated performance. The question is..will anyone actually see it?

Steve’s Take

There have been several of these kinds of movies lately where it will likely be lost in the shuffle. I’m going to give this one a chance with my wife. Plus, Charlize Theron is HOT, no?

Next Week

That’s all for this weekend. Some big muscles being flexed at the box office. MI4 and Sherlock Holmes will surely dominate the weekend. Next Wednesday is no different. David Fincher gives us his take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of TinTin finally gets a domestic release, and Matt Damon stars in We Bought A Zoo. Have a great week everybody!

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