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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Review
Warner Bros.

There comes a time when we must stop kidding ourselves. These 'Hobbit' films – with 'The Desolation of Smaug' representing the shank of the trilogy – are not real movies. These are exploitation films for Tolkien nuts, for enthusiasts of the original 'Lord of the Rings' movies and for audiences so hungry for high fantasy they'll gobble up whatever is served to them and ask for seconds.

As someone who has sympathy, but not empathy, for those who have such proclivities, I can get why someone might come away liking this picture. But that is more of an involuntary reaction to exposure to certain elements, not the summation of a film. Listen, there's a grey-bearded wizard who warns in low tones about a place that sounds like “Doggledoor.” And there's someone referred to as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror.” I love that geekorama stuff more than most. It's hilarious, and I'll probably refer to my cat as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror” for the next week. But this movie doesn't cohere – there's no forward momentum, no character development, no story happening. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a fibber.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Clips Preview Elves, Secrets and Dragon Gold

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Clips
Warner Bros.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' Peter Jackson's second installment in the new film trilogy, will soon be upon us. While stars recently flocked to the red carpet at the world premiere, Warner Bros. released new clips we've merely glimpsed in the trailers.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Posters: This Fellowship Is Ready for Battle

The Hobbit 2 Character Posters
Warner Bros.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is now just over a month away, bringing back Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and that bumbling band of dwarfs to continue their journey to face down the evil dragon Smaug. But who are the new warriors we'll meet along the way? If you still don't know your Tolkien mythology, Warner Bros. has released seven new 'The Hobbit 2' character posters.

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‘The Hobbit 2′ Banner: Can ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ Be More Epic Than the First?

The Hobbit 2 Banner Lead
Warner Bros.

In similar fashion to the marketing for the first 'Hobbit' film, Warner Bros. has revealed the latest Smaug-sized banner for Peter Jackson's second installment, 'The Desolation of Smaug.' But can it help pick fan interest back up after a less-than-stellar first go?

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Comic-Con 2013: ‘The Crow’ Reboot Adds Comic Creator James O’Barr, Announces Panel

The Crow
LionsGate

Often the best way to make fans happy with a reboot/new version of something old is to respect what came before it by involving the original creator(s) with the update. And 'The Crow' reboot has done just that by hiring comic book writer James O'Barr (who created the character) as a consultant for the upcoming film.

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Luke Evans is ‘The Crow’

Samir Hussein, Getty Images
Samir Hussein, Getty Images

Luke Evans has been on the verge of breaking out in a huge way for a few years now and it looks like his moment has finally come: the Welsh actor has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming reboot of 'The Crow.'

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‘No One Lives’ Red Band Trailer Lives Up to Its Title

Anchor Bay
Anchor Bay

The logo for WWE Films at the front of the 'No One Lives' red band trailer may frighten away some of the potential audience, but there's no denying that the rest of the trailer looks like a pretty solid genre exercise. Watch if for yourself below!

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‘Dracula’ Transforming Luke Evans Into the Legendary Vampire Lord

Dracula Luke Evans
Constantin Films

While Jonathan Rhys-Meyers prepares to transform himself into the king of vampires for NBC's 'Dracula' TV show, Luke Evans will be handling the character for Universal's big-screen re-imagining of the legendary character.

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Sorry, Rihanna: ‘Hobbit’ Star Luke Evans Offered ‘Fast Six’ Villain Role

Relativity
Relativity

When stories broke that ‘Battleship’ hottie Rihanna was offered the villain role in the upcoming ‘Fast & Furious’ sequel, it felt like a rumor … primarily because the source was Britain’s tabloid The Sun. Now the reputable Twitch says that ‘Immortals’ star Luke Evans actually is being offered the part, plugging into a role that was pitched to Jason Statham.

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