This week brings one of this Winter’s biggest hits, one of its biggest shockers, and a season of one of the best shows on TV these days. It also bring two new Criterion releases, a classic comedy, some exploitation films, and the film that was meant to challenge Raiders of the Lost Ark as a great throwback adventure. Check it out…

New:

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: It’s hard to say if this film put Tom Cruise back on the map, or showed that action movies work best when they’ve got great set pieces. Either way, M:I-GP is a very entertaining film that  ranks with the first film as a darn good espionage thriller. Though it’s also fair to say that Ethan Hunt is Tom Cruise: there’s not much of a character there, so much as seeing a nearly fifty-year-old actor do things that seem… (wait for it)… impossible

Shame: This didn’t get the traction necessary for Oscar love, but director Steve McQueen made great hay with New York and sex addiction, and used both to get two great performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.  The film got an NC-17 for it’s provocative nudity, and if you can handle adult portraits of sex, you can watch one our favorite films of last year.

Treme: The Complete Second Season: Though David Simon may resent late coming Wire fans, his Treme is still on the air – so you might be able to earn his respect by watching it now – and this was the season the show got good.

Classics:

Buck Privates: One of Universal’s 100 Years releases, we haven’t seen this Abbot and Costello film, but if Uni chose to release it before Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein, it must be good.

Halloween: Resurrection, Operation Condor II: The Armour of God , Roadracers: We haven’t heard good things about any of Echo Bridge’s releases of old Miramax and Dimension titles, but we’re happy some interesting catalog titles are hitting Blu-ray. Roadracers is one of Robert Rodriguez‘s best films, and Operation Condor is classic Jackie Chan. Can’t say much good about Halloween: Resurrection, though.

High Road to China: In 1980, Tom Selleck auditioned for the role of Indiana Jones, but had to turn it down because of his commitment to Magnum P.I. This then was his attempt of recapturing that magic. He failed miserably. Good score by John Barry though.

Late Spring, ¡Alambrista!: The latest Criterion releases offer a classic Yasujirō Ozu film, and a power film about immigration from one of the best DVD and Blu-ray companies out there.

What are you picking up this week?