Last Monday I caught "Sherlock Holmes" in the theater, which turned out to be a very entertaining movie. Guy Ritchie presents a fresh take on Sherlock Holmes, portraying him as more of a cocky savant than a refined gentleman, but with Robert Downey Jr. playing Holmes, it works like a charm.

Jude Law plays a great Watson to Downey's Holmes, as a level headed roommate who makes the detective seem like an eccentric shut-in. Stylistically the film recreates Victorian England quite well, using night scenes and CGI to craft a dirty, crime plagued London.

The story is thoroughly explained and the action scenes are expertly laid out, however "Sherlock Holmes" does have some shortcomings. Rachel McAdams is a hard sell as a thief and con-artist, coming off too sweet for the part, and the pacing feels uneven during portions, which makes the movie to fly through certain scenes while dragging through others. My grade is a B+.

The days leading into New Year's are light in terms of movies. This week, only two additional films make limited releases at the box office: "The White Ribbon" and "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond."

In the second decade of the 20th century, a series of bizarre accidents occur in Eichwald, a small Protestant village in Germany. Abused and suppressed, the children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of the mystery, but they live in terror of whoever could be committing these violent acts.

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke writes and directs this mystery set at the cusp of World War I. So far Haneke's work won three awards at the Cannes Film Festival has been nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Foreign film aficionados that like modern movies shot in black and white, with an old feel should see "The White Ribbon." If you like period piece mysteries then you'll probably enjoy this movie.

Set in 1920s Memphis, a defiant young heiress Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) selects a poor local (Chris Evans) to escort her to a high society gathering. Larger conflict ensues when she loses a precious diamond earring at the party, making her date the prime suspect and further alienating her from her family.

Actress Jodie Markell makes her feature film directing debut with this big screen adaptation of a screenplay by playwright Tennessee Williams.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Fans of the late Tennessee Williams' plays and their film adaptations will be inclined to see this Southern love story. If you like romantic tales about people of different social classes struggling against society's expectations then you will want to check out "The Loss of Teardrop Diamond."

Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.