Big Screen – this week’s top ten at the cinema…

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  2. Amazing adventure… Peter Jackson journeys back to Middle Earth to helm this big-budget adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale about the extraordinary quest of an unassuming hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).

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  3. The Impossible
  4. Swept away… Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts play a holidaying couple caught up in the Asian tsunami of 2004 in this dramatic account of that devastating true-life event.

  5. Life of Pi
  6. Novel approach… Ang Lee brings Yann Martel’s bestselling novel about a young boy cast adrift with a Bengal tiger to life.

  7. Quartet
  8. On song… Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly hit the right notes as four aging opera singers brought together at a home for retired musicians.

  9. Jack Reacher
  10. Man on a mission… Tom Cruise fires on all cylinders in this action-thriller about a former military cop who sets out to uncover the truth when a gunman shoots dead five civilians in a crowded city.

  11. Pitch Perfect
  12. Tuning practice… A mismatched group of college girls come together in perfect harmony in this campus singing contest comedy.

  13. Parental Guidance
  14. Family matters… Billy Crystal and Bette Midler get a rude awakening in this family comedy as grandparents with traditional values called upon to look after their three headstrong grandchildren.

  15. Rise of the Guardians
  16. Team effort… Legends unite in this animated adventure, which sees Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman join forces to protect children around the world from the sinister intentions of an evil spirit called Pitch.

  17. Skyfall
  18. Mission in action… Bond is back in action – and a well-tailored suit – in this Sam Mendes-helmed instalment in the super-spy franchise. This time 007’s loyalty is put to the test as M’s past comes back to haunt her.

  19. Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings
  20. Fluttering fairies… This Disney animation sees lively Tinkerbell and her sister Periwinkle embark on a magical adventure in the Winter Woods.

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