As the holidays approach, gift and rewards cards to the nearest cinema may become the big ticket items for those avid movie-lovers looking to close out this year with a bang at the box office. From serial sagas to all-star action, today’s biggest names in Hollywood converge to orchestrate a year-end event that is sure to leave you dazzled well into the new year.
Everyone knows nothing builds anticipation like the news of a sequel to your favorite story. Among those films which have left us on edge for an extension, three undisputedly rise to the top to satisfy our insatiable need for continuity:
Surviving the underground goblin tunnels deep within the Misty Mountains to emerge with a new found confidence and a precious stolen ring from Gollum, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) pushes on in his epic journey alongside Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his loyal warrior companions to seek out vengeance upon the dragon Smaug for his destruction of the old dwarven kingdom. Coming to theaters December 13, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, second prequel to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, is a must-see for all whom have prided themselves a fan of fantasy and adventure.
As President Snow (Donald Sutherland) begins readying the nation of Panem for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, he delicately interweaves a plot to quell rising rebellious sentiment stirring throughout the districts in the wake of the previous victory shared by both Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). In a match comprised of only former victors, Katniss and Peeta quickly find themselves pitted against a slew of experienced killers eager to carry out the President’s bidding and smite out all hope brought to Panem by the two unwitting champions. Coming to theaters November 22, director Francis Lawrence takes up where Gary Ross left off in this epic tale of hope and revolution.
An ancient force of darkness, led by the dark elf known as Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), threatens the Nine Realms with an evil so great even the Asgardians, under the rule of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), have little for defense. After bringing his beloved Jane (Natalie Portman), stricken by an unknown energy, to Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself forced to seek the aid of his traitorous adopted brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), in order to defeat this great power gripping the universe. Coming to theaters November 8, director Alan Taylor brings us the latest in the line of Marvel movies, Thor: The Dark World. With this newest installment to the Thor and Avengers film series, there is no way you can miss out on this fantastic action-packed adventure.
Don’t miss these long awaited follow-ups to the stories you already know and love as well as set the tone as they continue to roll into possible subsequent cinematic showpieces. For an additional surprise sequel this holiday season, also check out how the legend of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) will continue with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, in theaters December 20.