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Rated PG-13 · 160 minutes · 2013
It doesn’t just seem like a decade since Peter Jackson had a cinematic high note—it really has been. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was released in December 2003, and then swept the Oscars. Jackson has struggled since and last year’s Hobbit movie was, at best, a misfire. But it’s not just in comparison to that film that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug looks good. It stacks up favorably to all the Tolkien stuff and shows that Jackson still has a fire for this material. Even more surprising is that this is a bridge film, the second movie in a trilogy, and those are usually very safe and uninteresting. But Smaug is electric, well paced and a lot of fun. It’s nothing short of a trilogy-saving movie; now let’s see how Jackson can wrap this thing up.


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Official Site: www.thehobbit.com/index.html
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner

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