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    Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Rallies From A Goofy Opening To Become Another Thrilling, If Familiar, Action-Adventure Epic

    At almost three hours, Peter Jackson’s fourth foray into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is initially worrisome and typically self-indulgent. An extremely jarring 48 fps look -- which looks like an odd "Masterpiece Theater" in HD -- is unsettling, and the opening is ...

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    Review: Is 'The Hobbit' Less a Movie Than Theme Park Ride? If So, It's a Fun One

    More than a decade has passed since Peter Jackson and company first ventured to Middle Earth with "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." At this point, audiences pretty much know what to expect from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," despite the title's insistence to the contrary. Th...

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    Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit': Review and Reaction Roundup UPDATED

    Finally, the last films of the year are being screened, just in time for early critics voting. While early reactions to this weekend's "Django Unchained" were upbeat, reviews so far are mixed on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Reactions came in from both the New Zealand premiere...

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    Watch: Smaug Flies In New 'The Hobbit' TV Spot Plus IMAX Posters & More

    While critics' reactions to Peter Jackson's long-awaited “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” should start dropping today (the first quasi-review has tilted toward the positive), it's up to the film's marketing team to continue the slow intriguing reveal, and that means sh...

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    First 'Hobbit' Review Praises High Frame Rate

    The New York Daily News has the first U.S. review of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" prequel.

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    Peter Jackson Debuts 9th 'Hobbit' Video Blog with Sleep Deprived VFX Crew Rushing Toward Completion

    Check out the latest "Hobbit" vlog by Peter Jackson, the ninth in a series chronicling the film's long road to completion.

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    Weekend Recap: First Looks, Reviews, The Painter Behind 'Life of Pi,' Latest Moves from Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristen Stewart, and Richard Gere

    This first look at Richard Ayoade's "The Double" shows Jesse Eisenberg and Noah Taylor in period costume for this adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella about a minor government clerk who becomes aware of a doppelganger, who begins to displace him among his friends and acquaintances. Mia Wasikowska and ...

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    Watch: New 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Video Blog & Air New Zealand's Hobbit Plane

    It's hard to believe, given the ups and down the film has faced, but the world premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is four days away. In just 96 hours the word on Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth will be heard around the world, but there is still work to be done.

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    'West of Memphis' Director Amy Berg Talks New Evidence in Arkansas Case UPDATE: New Trailer

    "It's a living, breathing thing," says director Amy Berg of The Sony Pictures Classics film "West of Memphis" (December 25), backed by producer-financeers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, which revisits the 18-year imprisonment of the innocent “West Memphis 3”: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie M...

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    'Hobbit' to Play in 48 FPS on 450 Screens--For Starters

    Finally, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will screen in its original 48 FPS version in only about 450 of its approximate 4,000 release locations on December 14. That was not the original plan. Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman tells TOH! that the majority of the hig...

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