Gavin Miller previews three films due out this month.
Only time will tell if this once two-parter (now extended to a trilogy) has been padded out too much – but it does at least have a big fire-breathing dragon.
The first film was a decent (if slow moving) start, which didn’t reach the heights of any of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trio of films, but there’s plenty to build on as hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 dwarves continue in their epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Throw in the returning Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and this could still be something special.
Released: December 13
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Legendary San Diego newsman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his Channel 4 team of Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) move into the ’80s for this comedy sequel.
After the group disbands and hit rock bottom, they reunite to front a new 24-hour news channel in the Big Apple as the cable era begins.
Released: December 18
David O Russell re-teams with his stars of The Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in this crime-drama. When Christian Bale’s conman and partner (Amy Adams) are forced by an FBI agent (Cooper) to work for them, they are pushed into the underworld of the New Jersey Mafia where the stakes could mean life or death. Released: December 20