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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Peter Jackson’s new fantasy action hit stars Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom.

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This is the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien. This new film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” starts nationally Friday, including at the Luxury 5 Cinemas. 161 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate star in this new hilarious comedy hit.

With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Ferrell), returns to the news desk in this hilarious new comedy. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Carell), man on the street reporter Brian Fontana (Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) — all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” starts nationally Wednesday, including at the Luxury 5 Cinemas. 119 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.

OUT OF THE FURNACE

This new action drama stars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Casey Affleck. From the critically-acclaimed writer and director of “Crazy Heart,” this is the gripping and gritty drama about fate, circumstance and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) 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.

“Out of the Furnace” is held over through Thursday. 116 minutes.

It’s rated R for strong violence, language and drug content.

FROZEN

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents this new bigscreen comedy adventure for all ages.

Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey. They hope to find her 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.

“Frozen” is held over. 108 minutes.

It’s rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.

HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks star in this action drama hit based on the best-selling book.

“Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must embark 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 changes the rules for the next annual Hunger Games — a competition that could change Panem forever.

“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is held over through Tuesday. 146 minutes.

It’s rated PG-13 for intense sequences and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language.

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