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Director Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth for the first of his three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel. Sixty years before "The Lord of the Rings," Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is recruited by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to join a band of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim their kingdom, leading the young hobbit to the acquisition of a "precious" magical relic. With Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. Expanded version; 182 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
Who do you get to battle a god? Probably at least a Viking! In this swashbuckling fantasy adventure derived from ancient legends, Eirick (Dominic Purcell)--an anonymous monarch residing in the dustbin of history--is called upon to bathe himself in the spotlight of destiny once more by taking the fight to god of thunder Thor (Conan Stevens), who, unlike his Marvel Comics incarnation, is a villainous sort using his hammer for evil. Natassia Malthe, Jon Foo co-star. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.