Be sure to try new things: After flirting with the comic-book property for decades, Steven Spielberg takes the leap by directing his first performance capture film, which also happens to be his first 3-D movie. Keep an eye on your stuff, and don't forget a map: The Belgian boy reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) loses a model ship and goes on a quest to find some old scrolls and the secret treasure of an old shipwreck. Drink with the locals: Tintin's adventure would never have happened if he didn't team up with a boozy sea captain named Haddock (Andy Serkis) who has been drunk so long he can't remember his family secrets. Bring a good book: Tintin was created by the late Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, who wrote and drew the hero's adventures for 54 years. Take lots of pictures: Spielberg finally sheds those pesky laws of physics with a film that (for good or bad) redefines roller-coaster cinema.