While the story and characters are as interesting as the first movie, **Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows** does not hold up as well as the original move. Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Kelly Reilly reprise their roles with relish. While Noomi (the original **Girl with the Dragon Tattoo**) Ropace adds dimension to author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's world, the attention deficit disorder editing distract from the action sequences.
Still Director Guy Ritchie deserves credit for providing an interesting film that will satisfy both modern audiences Baker Street Irregulars with subtle details. Like the first **Sherlock Holmes** the organic musical score is a highlight. During a mountain trek, one can hear the theme song from **Two Mules for Sister Sarah,** which creates a subconscious link between Sherlock Holmes and the American Cowboy.
A philosopher best known for his existential pessimism, Young Goethe (Alexander Fehling) is an energetic young man full of passion. He meets and courts Lotte Buff (Miriam Stein) and lands a municipal job as a bureaucrat.
Most of **Young Goethe in Love** is appropriate Christmas entertainment featuring a German countryside, family picnics and singalongs. Of course, the romance sours and the audience sees Young Goethe become a philosophical curmudgeon. While there is an opportunity for the film to grow dark and sinister (the final credits present a very disturbing aspect of the film) **Young Goethe in Love** is about youth dancing a polka.
Charlie Barker (Stephen Barker Turner) is a struggling actor who does not want to compromise his artistic integrity. His mate, Stella (Daphne Zuniga) supports him. While attending a elitist ritzy party in Manhattan, Charlie is seduced by Clea (Heather Gordon), a siren in a red dress. Much like the fate of an Alice Cooper protagonist, Charlie Barker's situation goes from bad to worst..or so it seems.
Thanks to Heather Gordon's energetic performance and excellent line delivery, **Seducing Charlie Barker** works as sophisticated entertainment. The film gets dark, yet there is many plot twists that takes a routine downfall movie into a different philosophical plane.
For many, **The Mill and the Cross** could be considered a transformative motion picture. Featuring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York, this Art House motion picture details Peter Bruegel's masterpiece **The Way to Calvary,** circa 1564.
**The Mill and the Cross** is an entertaining art history lesson that looks at many phases of putting oil on canvas. The film opens with the models being positioned, while Bruegel (Hauer) provides commentary about character placement. While the suffering of the Christ is the focal point, Bruegel explains why he hides Jesus in the painting while the 100 character vie for the spotlight. A hit at last year's Sundance Film Festival, **The Mill and the Cross** is the next best thing to going to an art museum this weekend.
For more traditional movie going fare, **The Adventures of Tin Tin** is a fun diversion. The first of a planned trilogy, **Tin Tin** was produced by Peter Jackson, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the much loved European comic book character created by Herge', a Brussels artist from Belgium.
From the opening notes of John Williams post modernist score, the viewer is plunged into the animated world of Tin Tin (physical performance by Jamie Bell) and his loyal companion Snowy, a dog. After purchasing a model ship at a street fair, Tin Tin learns about a valuable secret inside the vessel. Unfortunately for Tin Tin and Snowy, the evil Sakharine (Daniel Craig) wishes to obtain the same secret.
With the exception of the visuals, **Tin Tin** does not contain an Oscar winning narrative, but this Adventure is pure cinema escapism for 107 minutes.