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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

Plot: After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? Written by Otaku-sempai

 

Buzz: The domestic box office haul of 2013, which observers estimate will eclipse last year’s record $10.8 billion tally, is part of a schizophrenic 12-month period punctuated by supersized hits like “Iron Man 3,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” as well as disastrous misses such as “After Earth,” “Lone Ranger” and “R.I.P.D.”The high-stakes tentpole game has never been...

Frozen

Frozen

 

Plot: In "Frozen," fearless optimist Anna (voice of 'Kristen Bell' ) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of 'Jonathan Groff' ) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Written by Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Buzz: Empire Bryan Singer and his writing team working on X-Men: Apocalypse already. My only objection to this article is the conditional phrase for X2 "one of the best of the franchise" I'm sorry... one of... I think they meant to type "the best by such a significant margin it's actually kind of embarrassing"Pajiba wonders if movie reviews matter anymore The Wire plays goldilocks with Martin Scorsese classics and their running times: "too long, not enough or ju...

A Madea Christmas

A Madea Christmas

 

Plot: Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they'll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all. Written by Lionsgate

 

Buzz: Good news for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the weekend estimates actually matched the final numbers, which doesn't often happen. The film finished with $73.6 million, which may have been $11 million off the first film, but is still enough for the ninth largest opening weekend of 2013. Meanwhile, Frozen made a little more than estimated, bringing in $22.5 million, still enough for second place as Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas finished with $16 million, just as estimated. ...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 

Plot: Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. Written by Bianca Capetillo

 

Buzz: The domestic box office haul of 2013, which observers estimate will eclipse last year’s record $10.8 billion tally, is part of a schizophrenic 12-month period punctuated by supersized hits like “Iron Man 3,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” as well as disastrous misses such as “After Earth,” “Lone Ranger” and “R.I.P.D.”The high-stakes tentpole game has never been...

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

 

Plot: Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

 

Buzz: Batman vs. Superman is far more than just a movie title. It stands for skepticism vs. hope, terrestrial vs. extra-terrestrial. It even recalls the climactic battle of Frank Miller's seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. Total Film have taken the Man of Steel sequel name rather literally, and have asked a bunch of Hollywood actors who they would choose between the two superheroes - including Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine), Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games...

Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

 

Plot: Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. Written by Production

 

Buzz: When I had to go to work in an office everyday, I would try to save up my vacation days so I could take off the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Ostensibly, I did this because my kid had no school and needed daytime attention.But, really, I did it because I wanted to go to the movies.The holiday season usually sees a flood of new releases, either to amuse those home-bound kids or to qualify for the Academy Awards. A lot of the Oscar-bait is scheduled for nation-wide release when...

Delivery Man

Delivery Man

 

Plot: An affable underachiever finds out he's fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

 

Buzz: January 3, 2014Paranormal Activity: Marked OnesDirector: Christopher LandonStarring: Andrew Jacobs, Molly EphraimRunning time: 84 minsCertificate 15Last VegasDirector: Jon TurteltaubStarring: Michael Douglas, Robert De NiroRunning time: 105 minsCertificate 12AMandela: Long Walk to FreedomDirector: Justin ChadwickStarring: Idris Elba, Naomie HarrisRunning time: 146 minsCertificate 12AJanuary 10, 201412 Years a SlaveDirector: Steve McQueenStarring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K WilliamsRunning time:...

Philomena

Philomena

 

Plot: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

 

Buzz: Stephen Frears dropped by TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series Wednesday night to discuss his film “Philomena,” which stars Judi Dench as a woman who teams up with a journalist (Steve Coogan) to find the child she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier. Coogan, who actually co-wrote the script with Jeff Pope, also produced the Weinstein Company drama with Tracey Seaward and Gabrielle Tana. “There was a script I guess they worked on for nine months and then I...

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

 

Plot: The 550-page, World War II-era novel, narrated by Death, tells the story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken at age 9 to live with a foster family in a German working-class neighborhood. Liesel arrives having just stolen her first book, "The Gravediggers Handbook" -- it will be the beginning of a love affair with books. Written by anonymous

 

Buzz: Below, the dates when many academy members received DVD screeners to consider for Oscar voting. Dec. 18: "American Hustle," "The Square," "Epic" Dec. 17: "The Invisible Woman," "The Past" Dec. 16: "Inside Llewyn Davis" Dec. 12: "August: Osage County," "The Book Thief" Dec. 11: "Frozen," "Saving Mr. Banks" Dec. 10: "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,"...

Homefront

Homefront

 

Plot: A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

 

Buzz: Two new additions have been made to the cast of the big screen adaptation of the video game phenomenon known as World of Warcraft. Now then... be a good little Level 1 curiosity seeker and read on for the news.According to Deadline, Legendary and Universal Pictures’ adaptation has added Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown (pictured) to its cast in undisclosed roles. Brown is currently in theaters opposite Jason Statham in Homefront and on the small screen as a recurring character in Fox’s &...