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FilmWeek (12/16/11): Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Carnage and more

KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including War Horse, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, We Bought a Zoo and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Charles Solomon, animation critic for KPCC, author and historian for

Films Reviewed:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes faces off against criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris
Written by: Michele Mulroney and Kieren Mulroney
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Warner Bros. Pictures

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (in IMAX)

A secret agent is wrongly blamed for a terrorist bombing.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton
Written by: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Christopher McQuarrie
Directed by: Brad Bird
Paramount Pictures

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

The chipmunks get shipwrecked on a desert island.

Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate and the voice of Justin Long
Written by: Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Directed by: Mike Mitchell
20th Century Fox


Two sets of parents meet after their children get in a fight.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly
Written by: Roman Polanski and Yasmina Reza
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Sony Pictures Classics

London River

Two parents search for their children after the 2005 London bombings.

Starring: Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate
Written by: Rachid Bouchareb, Zoe Galeron and Olivier Lorelle
Directed by: Rachid Bouchareb
Not rated
Cinema Libre Studio

In English, French and Arabic with English subtitles.

House of Pleasures

A Parisian brothel is seen during its final days before the turn of the 20th century.

Starring: Hafsia Herzi, Celine Sallette and Jasmine Trinca
Written and directed by: Bertrand Bonello
Not rated

In French with English subtitles.

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

The life and work of writer, director and producer Roger Corman.

Starring: Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro and Pam Grier
Written by: Alex Stapleton and Gregory Locklear
Directed by: Alex Stapleton
Anchor Bay Films

The Look

A look at the life and work of actress Charlotte Rampling.

Starring: Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster and Juergen Teller
Written and directed by: Angelina Maccarone
Not rated
Kino Lorber