The box-office winner will no doubt be the latest Peter Jackson film, based on the novels about "The Hobbit".  Hap Erstein with reviews that one and others.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - The second of the prequel of films to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. 

"Out of the Furnace" - Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star as brothers in a steel-mill town. Woody Harrelson is also in this film. 

Hap's Art House Pick of the Week

"Prince Avalanche" - Paul Rudd stars in a film from the guy who directed "Pineapple Express".  It's a buddy movie playing at the Mos' Art Theater in Lake Park.

Bonus: The Golden Globe nominations have been announced, so we get Hap's thoughts on which ones may win and what it means come Oscar-time.