12.16.11 9:45 AM ET
Movies: Cruise's 'Mission Impossible 4' and Downey in 'Sherlock Holmes 2'
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.