Getting together with family and friends, mounds of rich foods, and thinking of others is all good and well, but how about the movies coming out this holiday season? We’re in for a tasty, diverse spread of action, fantasy, and musicality that will rival the best Thanksgiving feast.

Because we can’t resist sharing with you (we’re just generous like that), here is our list of the five most anticipated movies of the 2012 holiday season:

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

At the conclusion of the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, who didn’t feel a little pang of loss in their heart and the wish that we could spend a little more time in Middle Earth? Well, it’s been almost nine years since then, and we’re about get our wish fulfilled. And, thank the maker, Peter Jackson and company are giving us not one, not two, but three more movies worth of Middle Earth goodness.

If this doesn’t have you excited, it probably means you’re the kind of person who despises fantastical nonsense, only reads self-help books, watches reality shows and rom coms, and shouldn’t even be reading this post, anyway.

2. Rise of the Guardians

Turning Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, Jack Frost, and the Tooth Fairy into a squad of superheroes? Yeah, it caught my attention, too. Produced by the Dreamworks team that did How to Train Your Dragon (not the other crappy Dreamworks team that does the Shrek and Madagascar movies), this one looks to be awesome. If you have some kids that you have to take to the movies this season (or you just want to sneak in yourself), this is the one to see.

3. Lincoln

Steven Spielberg never ceases to amaze in historical movies, and this biopic of arguably the greatest American president ever looks to be solid at the very least. Add to that the fact that unfailing actor Daniel Day-Lewis will playing Honest Abe himself, and you have the ingredients for a potent account of the beloved president’s last days.

4. Django Unchained

Any fanboy who isn’t at least interested in this revenge flick by genre-meister Quentin Tarantino is in denial. What makes this so interesting, you may ask? It tackles the thorny issue of slavery but in a Western-style format. It is packed with more star power than an Oscars after-party, boasting such names as: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hill, and Don Johnson. Picturing this cast with Tarantino’s dialogue and impeccable action sensibilities is enough to make me get in line.

5. Les Miserables

Okay, so it’s a musical (technically, it’s an opera). But it’s Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway in a musical (I mean, opera). Now, I’m not a fan of most musicals, but this one is truly epic and could benefit from the wider scope that film provides. The visuals so far look appropriately gritty and depressing. And just try to watch that first trailer without getting a little lump in your throat. I dare you:

So what are your most anticipated movies for the upcoming movie season? By all means, share in the comments below!

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