'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Dec. 21)

<b>Stars:</b> Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis
<br><br>
<b>Director:</b> Peter Jackson
<br><br>
<b>Why we're excited:</b> America can only live on "Lord of the Rings" Blu-ray re-releases for only so long. Jackson's first film in this planned trilogy focuses on Bilbo Baggins (Freeman, so good in BBC's "Sherlock" series) journeying (unexpectedly) to reclaim a treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug. Expect the return of former "Rings" cast members (McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, et al.) and enough inspiration to work up the courage to ask for tickets to 2013's badly named follow-up, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

( Warner Bros. / September 11, 2012 )

Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis

Director: Peter Jackson

Why we're excited: America can only live on "Lord of the Rings" Blu-ray re-releases for only so long. Jackson's first film in this planned trilogy focuses on Bilbo Baggins (Freeman, so good in BBC's "Sherlock" series) journeying (unexpectedly) to reclaim a treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug. Expect the return of former "Rings" cast members (McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, et al.) and enough inspiration to work up the courage to ask for tickets to 2013's badly named follow-up, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

  • Email E-mail
  • add to Twitter Twitter
  • add to Facebook Facebook
CTnow is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on ctnow.com articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.