Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is extremely well executed, but after seeing the 2009 version, this movie does not offer much more over the other. Rooney Mara is the one exception to this rule, she is a frightfully faithful representation of a character who has had a troubled past and manages to commit herself (including nudity) entirely to a role. Craig also does a fine performance and Fincher directs a beautifully crafted mystery that is on par with the 2009 version.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is a political thriller disguised as a superhero movie, and this is not to say it's bad. Winter Soldier still has fantastic moments but is more grounded than the later Iron Man and Thor entries which gives it a greater sense of impact on the characters and the plot the is a type of game changer for the future of the marvel universe. The film is socially and politically aware while Captain America actually gets to shine quite a bit, albeit some of the spotlight is stolen by Johansson and Sebastian Stan in some scenes. Apart from what I believed a missed opportunity to explore some(not all) of Black Widow's back story, Winter Soldier is in my opinion one of the best marvel movies ever made.
At this pace, the third installment is set to hit a high point and the series should reach its peak. Desolation of Smaug is an overall more entertaining and satisfying entry in the series. Fight choreography is great, Freeman is excellent, the dwarves are silly and at times badasss, and Cumberbatch is simply epic while voicing Smaug. While it still has minor pacing issues here and there, they are not as prevalent as An unexpected journey. A definite must see adventure/fantasy film.