Get World-Herald’s movie critic Bob Fischbach’s take on new films.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13) J.R.R. Tolkien’s thin volume of fantasy becomes a movie trilogy, and the first is too long at 2 hours 49 minutes. Bilbo (Martin Freeman) joins 13 dwarves and wizard Gandalf in a quest to slay a dragon and reclaim a mountain. Great visuals, competent action sequences, but the story lacks an arc or an ending — or, so far, a point. Lots of violence and gore, though. 2.5 stars.
Hitchcock (PG-13) Anthony Hopkins gives a mixed performance as the legendary director of suspense, but Helen Mirren is radiant as his long-suffering wife, who teaches him a lesson in jealousy during filming of “Psycho.” Witty dialog and humor save the film. Sexual innuendo unsuitable for tweeners. 3 stars.
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