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The second of three epic fantasy adventure films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel of the same name. The plot picks up just as the Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully crossed over the misty mountains. Bilbo has in his possession the one ring, but now the group must continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon.
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December 12th, 2013

Thursday Preview for December 12

 

 

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"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives in theaters on Friday, December 13. Peter Jackson's second installment in his epic fantasy trilogy follows the continuing adventures of Bilbo, Thorin, and the crew of loyal dwarves. Without their wizard companion, the dwarves and hobbit are uncertain about how they'll fare when they finally meet the fearsome dragon that occupies the Lonely Mountain. The PG-13 rating is due to extended sequences of fantasy action violence, plus frightening images. 

 


 

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"Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" is a new comedy from Tyler Perry. Madea, the famously outspoken matriarch, isn't exactly in the holiday spirit this year. It turns out she needs to travel to a rural town to spread some Christmas cheer to her niece's daughter. When Madea and Eileen come to town, they quickly recognize that this isn't going to be a typical Christmas. The holiday comedy has a PG-13 rating for mature references, crude humor, and language. 

"Hours" arrives in limited theaters on December 13. The movie stars Paul Walker as a young father facing both natural and unexpected disasters. In the violent wake of Hurricane Katrina, Nolan is on his own with his infant daughter. With the baby depending on delicate NICU equipment to survive, Nolan must help his daughter breathe and wait for a rescue mission that might never arrive. The PG-13 rating is due to violence, thematic elements, and drug content. Eric Heisserer directs. 

"Liv & Ingmar" is a documentary and romance from director Dheeraj Akolkar. Liv Ullman is an accomplished actress whose body of work spans decades. Ingmar Bergman was a visionary director, creating tense, perceptive films that defied genre. Their love affair was one of the great off-screen cinematic romances. Ullman shares intimate memories from her relationship with the director. The film is not yet rated. 

 

Continuing Films

In "Frozen," a plucky princess pairs up with an unsuspecting ice trader to track down her lost sister and free the kingdom from an icy spell. Along the way, the two will have the aid of Olaf, an unusually talkative snowman who could prove very useful. The PG rating is due to mild action and rude humor. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee direct. 

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, the victor from District 12. Although she wants to return to her former life, Katniss is an essential part of the Capitol's ongoing scheme. With dark new plans coming to light, Katniss is busier than ever. The film's PG-13 rating is due to sequences of violence and action, frightening images, thematic elements, language, and a suggestive situation. Francis Lawrence directs. 

"Out of the Furnace" is a drama from Scott Cooper. After his younger brother ends up in league with a ruthless crime ring and its unforgiving leader, Russell Baze will make some major sacrifices to try to fix the mess his little brother has created. The problem is that the Bazes live in the Rust Belt, where options are few and times are desperate. The R rating is due to language, strong violence, and drug content. 

"Thor: The Dark World" focuses on the war between the Asgardians and the Dark Elves. If the Dark Elves gain their victory, the universe will cease to exist. The Asgardians, including Thor and Loki, aren't sure they have the power to overcome the malicious plot, but they won't give up without a battle. The PG-13 rating is for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, as well as for suggestive content. Alan Taylor directs. 

"Delivery Man" is a comedy about an unconventional route to fatherhood. As a younger man, David made ends meet by donating to a fertility clinic. The problem is that now his donations have resulted in hundreds of biological offspring. David isn't sure how to connect with one child, much less 142 of them. The comedy has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, mature content, drug material, language, and brief violence. Ken Scott directs.

"Homefront" follows a DEA agent's attempt to build a safe life for his young daughter. The seemingly peaceful town he moves to has its share of dark secrets, and it doesn't take long for the single dad to stumble across some of the big ones. Soon, he's tangling with a dangerous meth ring. Gary Fleder's crime thriller has an R rating for strong violence, drug content, pervasive language, and brief mature content. 

"The Book Thief" is Brian Percival's interpretation of Marcus Zusak's novel. To survive World War II, young Liesel seeks comfort in the pages of outlawed books, even in the face of terrible dangers. With a Jewish refugee hiding in her home, Liesel knows that the war could be at their doorstep any moment. The drama's PG-13 rating is due to violence and intense depictions of thematic materials.