Bring on the holiday gobbledygook! This weekend, three sequels (two of them among the most anticipated films of the year) and two indies take stage. Let’s get the worst of the sequels out of the way first.
‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked‘ is surely a movie that was written just to accommodate its title. This time around, Dave (Jason Lee) takes the gang on a cruise. Of course, Alvin screws things up for everyone. They get stranded on an island with an active volcano, a crazy castaway and a secret treasure.
After tons of publicity, ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows‘ finally hits theaters. Taking place shortly after Guy Ritchie’s last ‘Holmes’ movie left off, ‘A Game of Shadows’ hits the ground running. This time around, Holmes plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with the elusive Professor Moriarty. The characters may be the same, but the stakes are much higher. Moriarty has the potential of throwing Europe into an instant state of war, and absolutely no character is safe.
Opening solely on IMAX, XD and other extremely large premium screens is ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘. Tom Cruise is back and better than ever, but this time it’s a real team effort. With the help of Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner, Cruise and his team lead a rogue mission across the globe to prove their innocence and stop a global nuclear war. With plenty of insane action footage shot with IMAX cameras, watching this on the biggest screen you can find is a great idea.
Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the stage play ‘Carnage‘ also receives a limited release this weekend. In this 80-minute situational comedy, two couples meet after their kids get in a fight at school. Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly play one couple, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz the other. Set in real time, what happens between these couples over the course of 80 consecutive minutes together is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Finally,we have the Sundance documentary ‘Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel‘ in limited release. See and hear about how much producer / director Roger Corman affected and influenced Hollywood with his do-it-yourself style of filmmaking via clips, behind the scenes footage and interviews with some of the industry’s most well-known players.