The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, December 14
The prequel to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the Tolkien novel, this instalment revolves around Bilbo Baggins' quest to reclaim treasure from an evil dragon.
The pitch: Gollum, hedgehogs, little people and a warrior named Thorin Oakenshield, all on the shores of an underground lake—how can you go wrong?
The players: Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett.
You'll love it if you liked: The Lords of the Rings, the trilogy by the same director.
Backup plan: Monsters, Inc. 3D (December 19) sees a gang far friendlier than Tolkien's return in 3D form.