Film Reviews

Movies: Cruise's 'Mission Impossible 4' and Downey in 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

In our weekly video feature, Flick Picks, The Daily Beast’s Ramin Setoodeh and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers debate the new movies opening at a theater near you. See which films get a Yes, No, or Maybe from our critics. This week: Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible 4' and Robert Downey Jr. in 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

12.16.11 9:45 AM ET

Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol

Surprise! This fourth chapter of the Tom Cruise action franchise—based on a 1966 TV show—is the best Mission: Impossible yet. The series’ new jolt of energy comes from director Brad Bird (The Incredibles), lots of neat stunts, and a story that teams agent Ethan Hunt with The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Robert Downey Jr.’s first Sherlock Holmes movie in 2009 was a massive hit, raking in $209 million at the domestic box office. In the sequel, Downey is back as the Arthur Conan Doyle detective, along with director Guy Ritchie and Jude Law as Watson. Jared Harris plays the archenemy Professor James Moriarty.