Weekend Movie Forecast: Get the Scoop on 'Sherlock Holmes' & More!

Robert Downey Jr. sleuths it up in Sherlock, Tom Cruise tackles another Mission: Impossible, and Charlize Theron is a Young Adult in this week's new movies

Which movies are fun for the whole family and which ones are treats just for you? Find out!

In theaters:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Short Story:
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) join forces to bring down criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris).

What They're Saying: 
"The thing to do, I suppose, is to set aside your memories of the Conan Doyle stories, save them to savor on a night this winter and enjoy this movie as a high-caliber entertainment." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"What seemed clever and novel the first time around now feels stale and tired; a lot of that has to do with the grimy, gray color scheme, which smothers everything in a dreary, suffocating sameness and saps the film of any real tension or thrills." -- Associated Press

Good for Kids?
This high-octane detective flick may appeal to tweens and teens but Common Sense Media warns parents thats with a PG-13 rating the film includes "several scenes of violence and mayhem... not to mention strong language." Click to read the full Common Sense review! 

Misson: Impossible - Ghose Protocol
Short Story:
After being fingered in a global terrorist bombing plot, the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) is shut down and its members sought for a reckoning. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the uncaptured remnants of IMF go an another nearly impossible mission to clear their organization's name.

What They're Saying:
"It's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch." -- Variety

"Wall-to-wall action in a spectacular, if repetitive, fourth series entry" -- The Hollywood Reporter

Good for Kids?
Common Sense Media warns that the PG-13-rated fourth installement in this popular action franchise isn't for young kids. Parents should expect "tons of action sequences and take-no-prisoner adventures, some involving violence and plenty of weaponry."  Click to read the full Common Sense review!

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Short Story:
It's time for the Chipmunks and Chipettes to take a vacay! It's all fun and games while they're relaxing/causing trouble on a luxury cruise -- but their vacation takes a turn for the adventurous when they become 'chipwrecked' on a deserted island. But when the cute little pop-music-singing rodents try to find their way home, they soon discover that they're not alone on the island after all. 

What They're Saying:
"In between the cutesy musical covers (from the Go-Go's to Lady Gaga), the young rodents engage in harmless slapstick and even learn a bit about themselves." -- Arizona Republic

"87 minutes of high-pitched singing, shenanigans, bad behavior and family bonding, enlivened by a decent Sarah Palin joke." -- Toronto Star

Good For Kids?
Merry chipmunks! Just in time for the holidays, Alvin and his furry companions are back for another likely lucrative film, and Common Sense Media says that this G-rated movie is perfect for the little ones -- despite some "rude jokes, flirting, and loads of pop culture references." Click to read the full Common Sense review!

Young Adult
Short Story: 
Young-adult novelist Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) decides to return to her small hometown to relive her glory days and reclaim her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). The only problem? He is happily married. When nothing goes according to plan, Mavis forms an unlikely bond with an old classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't moved past high school either. 

What They're Saying: 
"Young Adult, like director Jason Reitman's earlier Juno (also written with a sharp, knowing ear by Diablo Cody), fortunately has the dark (sometimes very dark) wit to wear its ambitions lightly." -- New York Post

"In a less acid romp, Mavis would learn life lessons in the final reel, but director Jason Reitman makes it a point not to let her off the hook."-- NPR

Good For Kids?
Rated R for langage and sexual content, Young Adult is not a good pick for young children. Common Sense Media says this raunchy "mean girl story" contains a lot of drinking scenes and one-night stands -- and thus is only appropriate for ages 16 and older. Click to read the full Common Sense review!

In case you missed:  

New Year's Eve
Short Story:
From the director of Pretty Woman and Valentine's Day comes a romantic comedy about ringing in 2012 with a bang. On the last day of the year, several New Yorkers -- played by an impressive gaggle of A-listers that includes Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Halle Berry, Bon Jovi, and Katherine Heigl -- find themselves searching for love and happiness... and trying to fulfill some very ambitious resolutions.

What They're Saying: 
"A movie I often found myself laughing at in ridicule, and one that also gave me a lump in the throat. So I guess you could say I had a good time." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Offering around a dozen barely there, aggressively agreeable mini-stories spliced together and spit out with lawnmower-style eloquence, the film is pushed to punishing lengths by the engorged cast list." -- Variety

Good for Kids?
This fun rom-com has a huge star-studded cast and a fun holiday theme, but Common Sense Media warns that the movie features mature thematic elements, such as "adult relationships matters and stong language." With a PG-13 rating and some sexual references, this one's a holiday treat best served to adults. Click to read the full Common Sense review! 

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The Sitter
Short Story:
Get ready for a twisted, hilarious story from the director of Pineapple Express! When his girlfriend (Ari Graynor) promises to have sex with him at a party, Noah (Jonah Hill) sets off on a wild adventure through New York City to meet her -- with the kids he's babysitting in tow!

What They're Saying:
"The Sitter is predicated on a belief that chunky Jonah Hill, or at least the persona he presents, is secretly supercool. While it turns out to be a wisp of a movie, on that front at least, it is persuasive." -- TIME magazine

"I hope Green one day finds a way to bridge the style and rhythm of his early pictures (the ones that didn't make money) and the bumper-car approach of The Sitter." -- Chicago Tribune

Good for Kids?
This raunchy comedy is rated R for crude language and sexual content. Common Sense Media warns parents that although this movie features kids, it is definetely not appropriate for younger viewers. Or, as they put it: "Know it isn't meant for kids still young enough to need their own babysitter." Click to read the full Common Sense review!

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