New this Week: ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked - Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol - Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris
Young Adult - Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt

Movie of the Week

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

The Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris
The Plot: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
The Buzz: Guy Ritchie’s career has been effectively side-tracked by the Holmes franchise, and I think that’s a good thing. I hope the trend continues. Downey Jr. and Law make for the perfect pair, and though I was disappointed when I learned, months back, that Daniel Day-Lewis had dropped out as Moriarty, I was pleased to see that his replacement was Jared Harris. Rachel McAdams looks to play backseat here to newcomer Noomi Rapace, which I’m not too excited about, but everything else here looks great.

I’d had pretty low expectations for the first film, and as it turned out I really enjoyed it. The whole package was just so slick, had such a fresh new vibe. Hans Zimmer’s score was ridiculously awesome and unique, and in my opinion, was the single most powerful element of the film. I hope Zimmer’s score is again at the forefront, and I hope this second installment lives up to the first. Based on what I’ve seen from the omnipresent adverts, it looks like it’s likely that it will.

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

Fright Night (BD/DVD) - Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant
Heavenly Creatures (BD) - Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse
Kung Fu Panda 2 (BD/DVD) - Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (BD/DVD) - James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition (BD) - Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
The Plot: During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.
The Buzz: I kinda wish there were something better out this week, I kinda wish Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t my DVD of the Week. The consolation prize is: James Franco rules. Freida Pinto ain’t too bad either. I suppose this could make for a good popcorn-munching party. Yeah, Rise of the Planet of the Apes did well at the box office, was very well reviewed, and ultimately has a lot going for it — I’ve been skeptical, but now that it’s out on DVD, I’m definitely going to check it out.

1 Comment

  1. I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes this evening…

    Wow, what a horrible film. James Franco was the ONLY tolerable thing about this film.

    Why are we rooting for the apes, why are we rooting for the demise of mankind? Well, mankind did give us this film, so I guess they have a point. Man, this film is A-grade DUMB. It reflects poorly on mankind that the average film critic liked this film, and it reflects poorly that this film did well at the box office. Maybe it would be OK if apes took over?

    Blah, I hated this film a ton.

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