1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  2. Secret service… Tom Cruise scales dizzying heights in the latest instalment of his action franchise, this time directed by The Incredibles helmer Brad Bird.

  3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  4. Mind games… Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as sleuthing duo Sherlock Homes and Dr John Watson, who face a battle of wits with their most cunning adversary, Professor Moriarty.

  5. The Iron Lady
  6. Political maneuvering… Meryl Streep gets under the skin of former British PM Margaret Thatcher in this Phyllida Lloyd-directed biopic.


  7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  8. Novel approach… Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime thriller gets a second adaptation, with central characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander this time played by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

  9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  10. Creature comfort… This family comedy sees the chirpy Chipmunks and The Chipettes stranded on a tropical island – which may not be as deserted as it first seems.

  11. Puss in Boots
  12. Feline funny… This Shrek spin-off prequel joins the titular fearless feline – and a ragtag assortment of friends – on an adventure prior to his first encounter with everyone’s favourite big-screen ogre.

  13. Goon
  14. Ice, ice baby… Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) isn’t the brightest of sparks in this comedy about a hapless bruiser tasked with leading a semi-professional ice hockey team to glory.

  15. The Artist
  16. Silence is golden… This black-and-white French romance focuses on a fading silent film male star and a rising actress – plus a scene-stealing dog!

  17. New Year’s Eve
  18. Resolutions… Directed by Pretty Woman-helmer Garry Marshall, this star-studded romcom depicts the romantic entanglements of several people on the last night of the year.

  19. Hugo
  20. Unlocking the past… Set in 1930s Paris, Martin Scorsese’s fantasy adventure sees a young orphan set out to unravel a personal mystery.

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