New movies: ‘Mission Impossible,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’

Jeremy Renner plays Brandt and Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in ”Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. © 2011 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
( David James)

In this week’s new movies, Tom Cruise returns as a perfectly coiffed agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” and Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. fare a bit better in this go-round of “Sherlock Holmes.” Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol” (PG-13) “Narcissism is nothing new in Hollywood, of course, and it doesn’t necessarily militate against entertainment value. ‘Ghost Protocol’… possesses the requisite number of expertly choreographed how’d-they-do-that scenes, as well as some terrific supporting performances from ‘Mission: Impossible’ veterans and newcomers.” — Ann Hornaday

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (PG-13) “‘A Game of Shadows’ draws here and there on Conan Doyle’s tales, but it relies more on Hong Kong’s hyperactive 1980s new wave, as filtered through ‘The Matrix’ and Quentin Tarantino… The game here is action-farce, and that’s better played with swagger than with intellect.” — Mark Jenkins

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (R) “After being 3-D’ed, CGI’ed and Imax’ed-out all year, ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ asks viewers to slow down their cinematic metabolisms, an adjustment that feels not just pleasant but positively lifesaving.” — Ann Hornaday

Young Adult” (R) “A funny thing has happened to Mavis Gary, the title character in ‘Young Adult,’ a dark comedy from ‘Juno’s’ writing-directing team of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. Not that anyone is laughing at Mavis. Not much, anyway. Though marketed as a comedy, this film is too creepy and acerbic to be consistently comic.” — Michael O’Sullivan

A Dangerous Method” (R) “David Cronenberg, who has made a career flouting taboos surrounding sex, death and undifferentiated anxiety, goes to the source of those cardinal themes in ‘A Dangerous Method.’” — Ann Hornaday

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (G) “I’m sorry, is this really necessary? Let’s be honest. Either you’re eagerly anticipating ‘Chipwrecked,’ the third installment in the lucrative ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ series, or you’ve opted to avoid these films like the plague.” — Sean O’Connell

King of Devil’s Island” (Unrated) “Norway’s Bastoy Prison has made the news in recent years for its progressive rules and liberal treatment of prisoners, who have free run of the minimum-security island facility, located in the middle of a fjord one hour south of Oslo. But Bastoy’s inmates didn’t always have it so good, as the bleak film ‘King of Devil’s Island’ makes harrowingly, grippingly clear.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Tomboy” (Unrated) “As slender as its protagonist, with a disdain for extraneous plot mechanics befitting its lazy-summer setting, Celine Sciamma’s French import ‘Tomboy’ offers dramatically loaded situations but sees no reason to exploit them.” — John DeFore