The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The dwarves’ epic quest to re-establish their kingdom continues, bringing them and their assorted allies (including the wizard Gandalf, a coalescing collection of elves and Bilbo Baggins) into con

The dwarves’ epic quest to re-establish their kingdom continues, bringing them and their assorted allies (including the wizard Gandalf, a coalescing collection of elves and Bilbo Baggins) into conflict with the imposing dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). As a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings saga and Peter Jackson’s efforts to bring these stories to the screen, I must say that I approach this installment with much greater gladness over the decision to abandon the 48-frames-per-second shooting format, which proved more of a distraction in the first Hobbit film. Opens wide Dec. 13. (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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