Singing Chipmunks, a dark comedy, a documentary, an action adventure and a sleuthing movie hit theaters this week.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animation, Family
Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler

While the Chipmunks and the Chipettes are clowning around on a cruise ship, they get swept away and marooned on a deserted island. As they contrive ways to get themselves home, they discover the island isn’t as deserted as they thought it was.

You have to be a fan of the singing and dancing Chipmunks to appreciate Chipwrecked. Don’t expect anything original as they stick to the formula that has worked for them in the past. What you can expect is to see cuteness and hear the Chipmunks and Chipettes singing pop songs at a new location.

 


 

Carnage
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

After two boys get into a fight on the playground, the parents of both the “victim” and “bully” sit down to try to work things out. The meeting digresses into verbal warfare after the carefully constructed fa├žade fades from all parties.

 

 


 

Cook County
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Director: David Pomes
Stars: Xander Berkeley, Anson Mount, Ryan Donowho

Sonny (Xander Berkeley) returns home from prison to try to repair his relationship with his son, Abe (Ryan Donowho) only to find the abusive Uncle Bump (Anson Mount) has turned their home into a meth lab and isn’t in any hurry to give it up.

This is a performance and story-driven movie. A bit of a challenge to stomach for the faint-of-heart, but fulfilling if you can stick it out.

 


 

Corman’s World
Rating: R
Genre: Documentary
Director: Alex Stapleton
Stars: Roger Corman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Jack Nicholson, Pam Grier

Corman’s World is a documentary about Producer/Director Roger Corman and the contributions he has made to independent filmmaking in Hollywood.

Anyone interested in independent filmmaking and it’s origins would get a kick out of seeing how the legendary Corman was able to make films with very little time and money.

 


 

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg

The IMF is shut down when it is framed for a terrorist bombing plot. Ethan Hunt and a few rogue operatives initiate Ghost Protocol and go undercover to try to clear the organization’s name.

Count on solid action, adventure with lots of shiny new gadgets, toys and big explosions as these guys work off the grid, in this fourth installment of Mission Impossible.

 


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Rating: G
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are back to take on cunning, criminal, Professor Moriarty. Not only is Professor Moriarty the intellectual equivalent of Sherlock Holmes, but he is completely lacking any sort of conscience, making him a true criminal mastermind.

Robert Downey Jr, and Jude Law are awesome as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie also plays well to his strengths as a director. A solid story and better use of Rachel McAdams, will easily make this sequel another hit.

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Singing Chipmunks, a dark comedy, a documentary, an action adventure and a sleuthing movie hit theaters this week. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Rating: PG-13 Genre: Animation, Family Director: Mike Mitchell Stars: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler While the Chipmunks and the Chipettes are clowning around on a cruise...