"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Reviews, Trailer, Showtimes Near Edgewater

The movie opens Friday with midnight showings in Annapolis.

Screenshot credit: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" trailer
Screenshot credit: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" trailer
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens in theaters on Friday, Dec. 13. The running time for the movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The film opens at Bow Tie Cinemas in Annapolis Mall at midnight, with showings in both 2D and 3D. Buy your tickets online in advance here. 

Movie reviewers are saying the squeal trumps last year's Hobbit film. 

Chicago Tribune reviewer Michael Phillips gives the film three stars, saying

It's livelier and better than its predecessor. The first movie's harrumphing throat-clearing has given way to a swift, imposing adventure boasting several wing-ding action sequences....It's exciting, improbable, funny in its derring-do and a reminder that Jackson, as a filmmaker, can do many things, including finding the precise way to send arrow after arrow through skull after skull, while tossing in a few beheadings, and yet somehow maintain a PG-13 rating. And the right spirit.

Read the full Chicago Tribune review here. 

Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman was also impressed

...Speaking of heat, the dragon is, quite simply, a marvel: gargantuan yet balletic, hoarding his mountain of gold with a razor-toothed smile, breathing not just flame but an inferno, and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch with the most delicious, insidious knowledge. Bilbo, as played by Freeman, suggests a sly-dog Dana Carvey without irony, and he is certainly overmatched, but that doesn't mean he's outplayed. Desolation is now his business.

Read the full Entertainment Weekly review online here.


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