Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

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December 14th, 2012

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- The long-awaited "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first film of director Peter Jackson's latest trilogy, is set for release nationwide this weekend. In this epic film, upon being approached by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, the beloved character Bilbo Baggins joins thirteen dwarves and their leader and sets out to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. On his adventure, Bilbo meets Gollum, who holds a secret that will forever change his life and perhaps the fate of Middle-earth. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has a PG-13 rating for frightening images and extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence.

Based on a true story, "Saving Grace B. Jones," a drama surrounding the lives of one couple during one of AmericaŐs most destructive floods, opens in select theaters this weekend. Chaos strikes when the husbandŐs sister, who has just been emitted from an insane asylum, moves in with the couple. "Saving Grace B. Jones" stars Oscar winner Tatum O'Neil as Grace and has an R rating for brief sexuality and some violent content.

Set for release in select theaters, "Save the Date" is the story of independent Sarah, who breaks up with Kevin after an embarrassing impromptu marriage proposal. With her sister Beth too busy planning her own wedding to offer her any support, Sarah becomes involved with Jonathan. Soon she must face her own vulnerability and fear of commitment. Heartbreak and happiness are on her heels, and in the end, Sarah must decide whether love is worth the risks it poses. Directed by Michael Mohen, "Save the Date" has an R rating for language, sexual content, and brief drug use.

Directed by Travis Fine, "Any Day Now" is set to bring issues of love and acceptance to select big screens this weekend. Inspired by a true story, the drama follows Marco, an abandoned teenager with down syndrome, to his new home, one where he has two fathers. However, after authorities discover their living arrangement, the gay couple must fight for adoption rights to keep their family together despite societyŐs biased legal system. "Any Day Now" has an R rating for language, sexual content, and some drug use.

Continuing Films

Still soaring in theaters, "Skyfall" is the latest James Bond spy film. The hit action movie, directed by Sam Mendes, sees Daniel Craig perform as the 007 agent. With a dangerous threat in his face, Bond faces a tough decision of whether to maintain his loyalty to his friend and colleague M, agent M16, upon learning her secrets. "Skyfall" has a PG-13 rating for smoking, strong language, mature content, and violence.

The unruly Jack Frost is about to get a harsh and cold surprise in "Rise of the Guardians," an animated twist on a holiday classic. When the cold-hearted snowman learns that the Nightmare King is planning to take over the world, he must turn his lifestyle and attitude around and join forces with the legendary Guardians in an attempt to recognize and protect the true spirit of Christmas. "Rise of the Guardians" is directed by Peter Ramsey and has a PG rating for thematic elements and mildly scary action.

Whether they are fans of Team Edward or Team Jacob, audience members will appreciate "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," in which the two sides come together as allies and prepare to face the ruthless Volturi. Directed by Bill Condon, ŇBreaking Dawn - Part 2Ó is the final film installment of author Stephenie Meyer's best-selling vampire series and is rated PG-13 for partial nudity, mild sensuality, violence, and disturbing images.

The latest from acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln" commemorates the strength and courage of one of America's greatest former presidents as he faces the many trials and tribulations of war, slavery, and his own health as he nears his final days. LincolnŐs character is played successfully by actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie has a PG-13 rating for strong war violence, strong language, and images of carnage.

A former soccer star gets a real kick in "Playing for Keeps" when he joins his son's soccer team as coach in an attempt to rebuild their father-son relationship and gets caught up by all the pretty soccer moms swooning over him. He must learn to keep his focus on the field and on the goal he originally set out to score. "Playing for Keeps" is directed by Gabriele Muccino and is rated PG-13 for some sexual situations, a brief intense image, and language.

In "Killing Them Softly," directed by Andrew Dominik, three stupid criminals interrupt a Mob-protected card game while attempting a heist. Enforcer Jackie Cogan is hired to restore order in town, where the local criminal economy is falling apart. "Killing Them Softly" has an R rating for pervasive language, sexual references, violence, and some drug use.