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We'll to hop straight to the point on this one. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives on Dec 14 this year, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug will breathe fire all over cinema screens on December 13, 2013 and the recently retitled The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be return (again) on July 18, 2014. Take a good look at those dates; less than a year to wait between the second and final films of the trilogy. An interesting schedule, and the titles give slightly more indication to the ardent Tolkien fan what each instalment will include in the way of action and plot. The initial backlashe at the decision to make the book that started it all into three films seems miserly; it's one thing to complain of a studio's money-grubbing but given the option of one epic adapted as faithfully as The Lord of The Rings or three, we know which we'd prefer.

Anyone with the remotest interest in gaming will have clocked that earlier this week, as part of the 25th anniversary of Metal Gear Solid celebrations, quirky mastermind Hideo Kojima dropped the news we've all been waiting for: a Metal Gear Solid film is definitely in the works. 'Why?' you might cry out, 'when most of the games are essentially interactive movies anyway...' and you'd be right to some extent, but that just makes us more excited; it's one of the few franchises that could genuinely work as a silver-screen adaptation as a result. Avi Arad , CEO of Marvel and super producer) is taking the reigns from behind the scenes; and the big questions now are who will direct and star? If you're unfamiliar with the series, it's more cerebral than action-oriented so someone with the chops to handle reams of dialogue and plenty of narrative convolution....we know who we'd choose.

Before Sunset and Before Sunrise can hardly be classified rom-coms, but Richard Linklater's Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke vehicles were certainly incredibly romantic and had some snappy dialogue, gorgeous scenery, and heaps of on-screen chemistry. They're both fantastic films, and if you haven't already we urge you to see them in preparation for the third in what no-one ever really knew was going to be a trilogy; Ethan Hawke has only just let slip that work has started on the new film, tentatively codenamed Before Midnight. Caught up to in Greece by intrepid reporters, Hawke had this to say: "We’re here writing a third instalment to Before Sunrise, if it works out, we’ll film it, and if it doesn’t, we won’t. It’s not really worth talking about. I’m just here developing.” Alright for some then.

Poster Child

Trailer Park

After the harrowing Kill List, Ben Wheatley's latest looks set to continue a similarly bleak vein, although with a smattering more humour this time around for Sightseers, which we're sure will be just as memorable.

Last Chance Saloon

Disney Vs. Pixar, and the race for the summer animation hit.

Netflix is going to head-to-head with LoveFilm for the digital rental crown, but who's streaming library deserves your bandwidth?

The Cutting Floor

Bill Murray and Hunter S. Thompson