From hobbits to rugrats, singers to psychopaths, Time Out previews all the post-Christmas releases

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


You’ll like this if you liked: The Lord of the Rings

The sell: Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle-Earth for the first part of a new blockbuster fantasy trilogy.

Bring: Provisions. This journey’s a long’un.

Les Misérables


You’ll like this if you liked: The King’s Speech, Chicago

The sell: Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) tackles the long-awaited movie version of the classic heroic musical.

Bring: Tissues. Anne Hathaway’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ will choke you up bigtime.

Parental Guidance


You’ll like this if you liked: Home Alone, Parenthood

The sell: Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are forced to look after their grandchildren. Hijinks ensue.

Bring: Easily amused kiddies... and a willingness to explain to them who Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are.

Quartet


You’ll like this if you liked: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The sell: Dustin Hoffman directs a story of retired opera singers (Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins) getting back on stage for a charity concert.

Bring: Elderly rellos. This one’s for them.

Samsara


You’ll like this if you liked: Baraka, Koyaanisquatsi

The sell: Blow your mind with astounding images from around the globe in this pro-spiritual, anti-meat portrayal of the state of the world.

Bring: Those suss cookies your hippie uncle made.

Sightseers


You’ll like this if you liked: The Wicker Man

The sell: This deeply disturbing comedy about a dorky English couple on an accidental killing spree must be the least Christmassy movie of the summer.

Bring: Cheese’n’chutney sandwiches… and a strong stomach.

Wreck-It Ralph


You’ll like this if you liked: Toy Story, Tron

The sell: An arcade-game villain (voiced by John C Reilly) breaks out of his machine and tries to reinvent himself as a good guy.

Bring: Popcorn of course!

All movies screen from Wed Dec 26.

First published on 5 Dec 2012. Updated on 25 Jan 2013.

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