Movie: The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey
Form Guide: It doesn’t matter what we say, most of you will probably go and watch this epic Lord of The Rings prequel from Peter Jackson anyway.
Synopsis: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield.
Movie: Les Miserables
Form Guide: A cracking adaptation of the much-loved stage musical, Hugh Jackman gives quite possibly the performance of his career.
Synopsis: An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Form Guide: The brilliant ensemble cast of Maggie Smith, Dustin Hoffman, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon (among others) playing a bunch of old thesps can’t fail to charm – if you like that sort of thing.
Synopsis: Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on - and it does.
Movie: Parental Guidance
Form Guide: Comedy veterans Billy Crystal and Bette Midler promise to provide at least a few chortles, if not outright guffaws.
Synopsis: When his daughter goes away for work, a grandfather finds himself having to take care of his three grandkids using 21st century methods - though he soon resorts to an old-school style of parenting.
Movie: Wreck It Ralph
Form Guide: If you’re picking a film to delight the smallest family members (or perhaps you just love Disney and have a lot of cats) you can’t look past this little gem, a kid’s flick that has grown up appeal steeped in classic video games.
Synopsis: Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect good guy, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a bad guy. But they do love heroes. So when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness.
Form Guide: If the festive season puts you in the mood for a gorey, black comedy then this is the film for you.
Synopsis: Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.
Movie: Rise of the Guardians
Form Guide: Kids will adore this quirky Dreamworks animated offering that brings together none other than Santa, the tooth fairy and other childhood heroes in a breakneck pace comic adventure.
Synopsis: A group of heroes - each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Movie: Life of Pi (January 1)
Form Guide: A visually stunning 3D adventure, sure to please the eye but may leave those looking for deeper fulfillment feeling a little empty. Not technically a Boxing Day release but deserves special mention.
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, this is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.
Form Guide: This isn't a conventional Boxing Day film, but if you want to go on a visual journey of this crazy old world we live in Samsara could be for you. However at 1hr39mins without dialogue it could also provide the pretext for a post-Xmas nap.
Synopsis: Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied and visually stunning worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.