What to see at the movies on Boxing Day


It's the biggest day of the year, box office wise. Here's what's in store.

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Les Miserables - trailer

Les Misérables is 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. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

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Fantasy/drama; rated M; opening December 26

Officially a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, Sir Peter Jackson's long-awaited return to Middle-earth comes in 3D, Imax and at 48 frames per socond (fps) as opposed to the standard 24fps. Starring Martin Freeman as the titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, it also features the return of both Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf and the motion-capture magic of Andy Serkis as Gollum. With 13 dwarves, elves, orcs and the wolf-like Wargs, there will be plenty for Tolkien fans to swoon over.

Drama/Musical; rated M; opening December 26

With a performance already generating Oscar buzz for Hugh Jackman in his role as Jean Valjean, director Tom Hooper's faithful rendition of the stage musical comes in at a lengthy 158 minutes, though Anne Hathaway's rendition of I Dreamed a Dream is heart-wrenching. Also features Russell Crowe as Valjean's nemesis Javert and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette.

Comedy; rated PG; opening December 26

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star as grandparents who run into strife when they mind their daughter's three children for a week. Marisa Tomei features as the helicopter mother who won't let her parents apply their old-fashioned methods to her own children, in a film that Crystal conceived after a similar experience with his own grandkids.

Comedy/drama; rated M; opening December 26

While comparisons may be drawn to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this feel-good drama finds its heart in the music that provides the centrepiece of the action. Dame Maggie Smith is the newest resident of a retirement home for singers and musicians. Reunited with the colleagues who formed a celebrated quartet (Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly) she resists efforts to get her to perform again, while her ex-husband (Courtenay) wants nothing to do with her.

Comedy/animation; rated PG; opening December 26

This love-song to video games from Disney will delight adults longing for the days of Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog while also pleasing the kids this animated adventure is aimed at. Ralph (voiced by John C Reilly) jumps ship from his `80s video game where he's been playing the bad guy for years, to prove that he's just as good a character as his game nemesis, Fix-It Felix Jr (30 Rock's Jack McBrayer). The adventures begin as Ralph visits other games in the video arcade pursued by Felix and helped along the way by nine-year old racer Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman).

- With AAP