New movies this week
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The gist: The MMA-crazed Guy Ritchie version of the famed detective returns, and this time he has brought his archenemy Moriarty with him. It may be hard to keep up, but it'll be fun ride. PG-13
The cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan and Rachel McAdams.
The buzz: Like the first one, don't go expecting houndstooth and pipes. "The thing to do, I suppose, is to set aside your memories of the Conan Doyle stories, save them to savor on a night this winter and enjoy this movie as a high-caliber entertainment," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says.
The gist: Diablo Cody's tale of an emotionally stunted writer who returns to her hometown to find her high school sweetheart. There's one catch: He's happily married with a kid and has forgotten about her. Good thing Patton Oswalt is there to grab her on the rebound. R
The cast: Charlize Theron, Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe and Jill Eikenberry.
The buzz: This is in the deeper end of the comedy pool. "Patton Oswalt's dark duet with Charlize Theron is funny, touching and vital. But fair warning: The laughs in Young Adult leave bruises," Rolling Stone says.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
The gist: CGI rats end up stranded on a remote island. Adults everywhere, rejoice. G
The cast: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler and Anna Faris.
The buzz: A terrible movie that will still make a mint off bored kids' parents. "You know there is something wrong with a movie when even David Cross in a giant pelican suit isn't funny," the Boston Globe says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org