I really like the first poster for Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. In many respects its a classic movie poster, but what stands out to me is muted pallet of colors as they suggest that the film may have a darker tone than expected.
It’s the year 2020. Unemployment and crime are at an all time low. The country seems to finally be at peace, minus one annual night the “New Founding Fathers” call The Purge. This 12- hour period grants citizens the right to do anything otherwise illegal the rest of the year, and face no repercussions. Emergency services are disabled. It is attributed to be a “success” and helps “cleanse the souls” of Americans, while eliminating “problems” such as the homeless and bottled up rage. But have no fear, because Mr. Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is here with his home alarm systems to protect your family! If you’re rich, that is. This is the setup of the new thriller (shall I call it horror? Who knows?) directed by James DeMonaco. The Sandin family predicts peace as usual this year, but all is set on another path when their young son, attempting to…
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The first teaser poster for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now online and it shows off Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins at the entrance to the Lonely Mountain, the cave where the villainous Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) guards his Dwarven treasure.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters December 13 with the final chapter, The Hobbit: There and Back Again arriving December 17, 2014.
Well ya’ll, I did it. I saw it. And why? Won’t lie, Morgan Freeman was a BIG part of it. I adore the man and could listen to him for ages. But besides my odd fascination with the man, I loved the movie. It was fantastical and magical all in one.
So I won’t give any details away here, but let me just say this: you won’t get what you expect, you’ll get so much more. From beginning to end the movie’s plot twists and turns and everything you think you know will go out the window and you will be blessed with your mind being boggled by an original film. And I must say I love the cast and couldn’t see any character played by anyone else. I especially love Eisenberg’s snarky and full-of-himself character.
My only warning to you all is this: don’t try to figure it…
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Then go see the newly released movie “The Kings of Summer” directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. I might need to view this film again because many of the scenes were not audible due to the audience laughing. It’s a story about two best friends and how and why they break away from their parents, build a “house” in the woods and “live” off the land. One has to admit, we can all relate to many parts in this film: dislike for parents, a need to be independent, and our first heart-break, lasting friendships. One of the reasons I attend movies is to be entertained; I must say I was very, very entertained. Now playing at Harkins Camelview 5.
The Internship (2013)
Directed by Shawn Levy
I’m a Bing man myself, but nobody can resist the fascinating and entertaining world of Google presented on the big screen in “The Internship.” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite eight years after they crashed into our hearts in “Wedding Crashers,” and while no one is claiming they lived up to their lofty expectations, their comedic chemistry on screen is undeniable.
Former sales rep Billy McMahon (Vaughn) comes to the exciting (albeit decade-old) realization that old dogs like him and his buddy Nick Campbell (Wilson) need to start looking for jobs in the digital sector if they want to make good money. So Billy gets them the chance to beat out hundreds of college-educated twenty-somethings to become interns at Google, reputed to be the best place in America to work (and you’ll see why, with the unlimited free snacks, Segways and…
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