By Tom Shone
October 07, 2011

The Movie: War Horse, Steven Spielberg’s take on the battlefields of World War I, and The Adventures of Tintin, his second December release, based on the popular Belgian comics.

Why Go? For the director’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s acclaimed book, and the international hit play; the 3-D performance-capture Tintin was produced at Peter Jackson’s WETA Studios in New Zealand.

The Movie: David Fincher’s cinematic version of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was shot on location in Sweden and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Why Go? It is the long-awaited English-language treatment of the grisly crime novel. Added value: an original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

The Movie: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, inspired by the John le Carré spy novel; a retired MI6 agent, George Smiley, is drawn back into the world of espionage.

Why Go? An all-star cast including Gary Oldman and Colin Firth caper around Cold War Europe, from London to Budapest.

The Movie: David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, adapted by Christopher Hampton from his play about the development of psychoanalysis in 1913 Vienna and Zurich.

Why Go? With stars like Viggo Mortenson as Freud and Michael Fassbender as Jung, it promises magical alchemy.

Previewed by Tom Shone, a former film critic at the London Sunday Times.