VALDOSTA — THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG: The second of three movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel novel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. With “The Lord of the Rings,” it made sense to make three movies because Tolkien wrote three “Rings” books, with each book being several hundred pages. But “The Hobbit” is roughly a 250-page book, about hobbit Bilbo Baggins’ journey with dwarves, his meeting Gollum, acquiring a magic ring, and encountering a dragon. Smaug is that dragon. The first “Hobbit” movie took the storyline from its namesake book and added pieces from other Tolkien books and took directions of its own as prescribed by director Peter Jackson, who directs all three “Hobbit” movies based on his success directing the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Opens Dec. 13.
THE MONUMENTS MEN: During World War II, Adolf Hitler looted Nazi-conquered countries of their treasures and artworks. In this movie listed as an adventure, comedy, drama, a team of art historians and curators scurry to save these works before an increasingly isolated and doomed Hitler can destroy them. A star-studded cast: George Clooney (who also directs), Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, etc. Opens Dec. 18.
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES: Will Ferrell returns as 1970s-era San Diego TV newsman Ron Burgundy in this comedy sequel. In addition to Ferrell, the cast includes the return of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, as well as Jim Carrey, Kristin Wiig, James Marsden, and did we note earlier a rare three movies in one year? ... Make that at least four movies for Harrison Ford. Yes, Harrison Ford is listed in the credits for the “Anchorman” sequel. Stay classy, Harrison.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY: After a couple years absence that seemed barely noticeable until the previews for this movie, Ben Stiller, who is one of the most successful box-office comedians of all time, returns to the big screen. Stiller also directs this potentially surreal remake of the story of an apparently dull office worker who lives a rich inner life, but is it fantasy or reality? Opens Dec. 25.