Weekend At The Movies: 12-13/12-15


So it’s Friday the 13th and you would think that horror movies would be on tap but no, action and adventure is controlling the movie map. Two huge movies come out this weekend, one is sure to threaten a record or two, and the other may surprise a viewer like you. “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” is looking to capitalize on movie goers taste for adventure after “The Hunger Games” sequel did no well. This time the tiny hero Bilbo, along with the dwarves and Gandalf  the Grey, do battle with a mighty dragon named Smaug while Bilbo is in possession of a mysterious ring. If you are looking for more of a family type of movie, Madea Christmas is right for you. Madea joins a friend who is visiting a rural town to surprise her daughter, and the usual craziness ensues.For more about this weeks movies see below or visit IMDB.com.

Opening This Week – December 13

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Poster

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Certificate PG-13 161 min   –   Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

Metascore: 65/100 (39 reviews)
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Peter Jackson

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THE BUZZ: The best ways to sum up our enthusiasm for the second installment of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy are: We can’t wait for Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug as we inch a step closer to witnessing the brutal splendor of the Battle of Fives Armies in The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014). And just made the Jedi theory will apply here and chapter two will be the best movie of the trilogy.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) Poster

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013)

Certificate PG-13 105 min   –   Comedy | Drama

Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.

Tyler Perry

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THE BUZZ: The more Tyler Perry’s casts read like a CW pilot circa 1999, the more we’re inclined to see his ongoing series of stage-to-screen adaptations. Not that it matters, but someday all the TP detractors are going to embrace his body of work and say they got the craze all along.

Hours (2013) Poster

Hours (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13 97 min   –   Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 51/100 (11 reviews)
A father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Eric Heisserer

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THE BUZZ: Rest in Peace, Paul Walker – you wonderfully charitable man.

Here Comes the Devil (2012) Poster

Here Comes the Devil (2012) – [Limited]

97 min   –   Horror | Thriller

Metascore: 52/100 (8 reviews)
A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them.
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THE BUZZ: The indie-film set is all over Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s recent work, and the director’s profile has raised a bit since IFC released Penumbra (2011) last year and he helmed a chapter of The ABCs of Death (2012).

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Liv & Ingmar (2012) – [Limited]

89 min   –   Documentary

Metascore: 74/100 (5 reviews)
The 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

Dheeraj Akolkar

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THE BUZZ: Life at Janus Films has perked up at the end of this year as the distributor currently has potential Oscar candidate The Great Beauty (2013) in release, and now comes the anticipated documentary on the great director and his greatest love.

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Nuclear Nation (2012) – [Limited]

145 min   –   Documentary

Metascore: 66/100 (5 reviews)
A documentary chronicling the lives of Japanese refugees displaced by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi.

Atsushi Funahashi

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THE BUZZ: Get a close look at one of the most ecologically devastating events in recent time courtesy of director Atsushi Funahashi, who made a tsunami disaster film, Cold Bloom (2012), last year. Come to think of it: the effects of Fukushima Daiichi will probably inspire a new generation of Japanese filmmakers.



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