Escape the Holiday Madness with 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Young Adult' and 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' in Our Film Roundup

Escape the Holiday Madness with 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Young Adult' and 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' in Our Film Roundup
The year may be winding down, but there's still plenty of options at the box office this weekend. Read full reviews of the following picks, plus plenty of others, in Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section to help you decide what's worth checking out on the big screen.

We start things off with a couple new action sequels to kick off the weekend at the box office. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (pictured), which is sure to be packed with plenty of action. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude law also return in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, with Guy Ritchie once again directing the pair. .

Next up is Young Adult, which sees Juno's Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody teaming up again to deliver the story of a 30-year-old teen fiction ghostwriter. The flick stars Charlize Theron alongside performances from Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson, but will it capture the cult charm of Juno?

Already picking up award season buzz, Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy compresses the intricately detailed novel of the same name by John Le Carré into a "near masterpiece of human complexity and weakness." The A-list cast includes Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Tom Hardy and Toby Jones.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked marks the third instalment of the franchise, providing a chaotic and colourful viewing for some children (packed with Top 40 karaoke). However, those above the age of eight may want to steer clear of this animated feature.

Switching gears, there's also a new documentary about skateboard Josh "Skreech" Sandoval out this week. Dragonslayer delves into the life of the skater in a visually impressive piece that, unfortunately, doesn't dig too far below the surface of Sandoval's public life.

For full reviews of these films and more, head over to our Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.