Action often stands alone as good enough for consumption, but sometimes you need a little mystery and grey matter that isn’t splattered on a wall. For those times you can fire up your coal burning, Victorian steampunk television and check out the best movies like “Sherlock Holmes” you haven’t seen.


“The Adventures of Tintin”

More familiar to those outside the United States, “The Adventures of Tintin” evokes a powerful pull of nostalgia along with genuinely fun storytelling when its hero, Tintin, equal parts journalist, detective and explorer, chases down a mysterious treasure. Squeaking by under the creepy realistic human marker set by “The Polar Express,” this film captures the characters’ looks and mannerisms with the skill that a long-standing cultural icon deserves. As their plane heads towards a crash landing in the desert, sit back and let your eyes enjoy the scene and humor as Captain Haddock rescues them all in his own special way.


“The Secret in Their Eyes”

A deep, emotionally twisting thriller, “The Secret in Their Eyes” tackles a decades old mystery well worthy of a movie like “Sherlock Homes.” Clues unravel and possibilities abound as the novelist Esposito travels down the path between finding justice and vengeance for the murder of a young woman. As Esposito doubles back to Morale’s house, let the tension and the guesswork fill your mind as you try to determine what truths the next scene will unveil.


“Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”

Throwing science against mysticism, Detective Dee works for the soon-to-be Empress who imprisoned him for his actions in years past. Going up against political intrigue and supernatural fears, his quest is to figure out the mysterious spontaneous combustion plaguing the Empire. “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” is a period piece filled with action, mystery and great fight scenes that makes it more than fitting to be considered with great movies in the genre of “Sherlock Holmes.” The assassination scene of Detective Dee in his prison is straight out intelligent action that sets a consistent tone for the rest of the flick.



Ensuring each twist fits its title as convoluted and terrible, “Oldboy” conveys the feeling of claustrophobia and horror throughout the film. Kidnapped, mentally tortured as well as isolated, Dae-Su is kept in a single room for fifteen years left to his own devices to figure out what he has done to deserve this strange imprisonment until he is released without reason. With a lead character that’s sympathetic and hatable at various times, Dae-Su’s scene where he begs to have the truth hidden from his romantic partner is engrossing in all the right and wrong ways possible.



Allowing you to play the detective, “Revolver” throws clues and red herrings all over the scenery as it attempts to engage you fully in the life of Jake and his attempt to start his life after prison, beginning with a foundation of revenge. The application of the formula taught to Jake as he did his time between a chess grand master and an expert con man, serving as their middleman for their dialog, gives the viewer enough information to test out their own deductive skills from the get-go.  Mark Strong, playing Sorter the hitman, has a defining scene as he finds his heart in a Grinch-like scene but with far more deaths and guns.