The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Secret of the Wings and Smashed are out now - what will you see?

2nd December, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12, 11+)

Duration: 169mins
Year: 2012
Director (s): Peter Jackson
Cast: Cate BlanchettMartin FreemanAndy SerkisBenedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen

Many have enjoyed J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and the truly epic trilogy of films adapted by Peter Jackson from the book. But not everyone knows that the famous fantasy masterpiece was actually a sequel to another popular novel: The Hobbit. This story is about Bilbo Baggins, a curious hobbit who leaves the safety of the sleepy Shire to search for adventure and treasure in Middle-earth's magical kingdom of wizards, dragons, goblins and trolls. Released ten years after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won eleven Oscars, this spectacular prequel reveals how it all began.

Related films: The Lord Of The RingsPan's LabyrinthThe Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring, Beowulf, The Princess Bride

Secret of the WingsSecret of the Wings (U, 5+)

Duration: 92mins
Year: 2012
Director (s): Roberts Gannaway, Peggy Holmes
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Timothy Dalton, Lucy Liu, Jesse McCartney, Megan Hilty

Sweet as sugar and beautiful to look at, this computer-animated Tinker Bell adventure is a candy-coloured delight. In it, Disney's much-loved fairy mischief-maker lets her curiosity get the better of her when she ventures into the forbidden Winter Woods, where her wings start strangely sparkling. Determined to find out why, she encounters a frost fairy called Periwinkle who's experiencing the same phenomenon, and together they discover an amazing secret. But Tinker Bell's rule-breaking has terrible consequences that puts the magical homes of her and Periwinkle at risk, and leaves them racing to find a way for 'warm' and 'cold' fairies to enjoy friendships without destroying Pixie Hollow forever.

Related films: The Secret of Kells, FernGully - The Last Rainforest, Tinker Bell, Hook, Peter Pan

SmashedSmashed (15, 14+)

Duration: 85mins 
Year:
2012
Director (s):
James Ponsoldt
Cast:
Octavia Spencer, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman

Kate and Charlie's marriage is built around their initially happy, if hazy, habit. Though they are both alcoholics, they manage to lead largely functional lives, punctuated by nightly partying and boozy nights in. Kate is a schoolteacher and Charlie a music critic. When Kate's quest for highs leads her to illegal drugs, she realises it is time to clean up her act, and expects Charlie to follow suit. The struggle for sobriety places a strain on their relationship as the journey through rehabilitation proves less than romantic. This comedy-drama won the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Related films: The Small Back Room, The Lost Weekend, Half Nelson, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Withnail and I

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