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9:00 AM on 12.17.2014

Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

When Peter Jackson announced that he'd be stretching The Hobbit into three movies I was a bit wary, but excited. While the book itself could have easily been put into one, maybe two, films there's enough lore in the worl...

Matthew Razak

First official trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies photo
First official trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
by Nick Valdez

I love how they're claiming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is "The Defining Chapter" in the story since the book itself is only a fraction of all of this. In what is most likely the most bloated title of the series, the third film takes place after the events of The Desolation of Smaug as Bilbo finds himself in the middle of a fight between Smaug, Orcs, Sauron, and many other things. 

Sorry, I'm just not into these films so I'm not the proper fellow to tell you why any of this is notable. Help me out, community! The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters December 17th. 

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
by Matthew Razak

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey blew me away when I caught it in theaters and I gave it an appropriately high score because of that. It was truly stunning and another epic coming from Peter Jackson, but upon re-watching it the complaints I had with the film stood out even more, especially the fact that the film's plot was stretched pretty thin to make the movie the length it was. It just felt like padding for the book's plot.

The Desolation of Smaug does not have this issue. Mostly because the book's plot is what feels like the additive this time. Yes, it hits its key points, but the stretched feeling is gone because the movie isn't stretching anything. If you're a fan of Jackson's prolific Middle Earth than you're going to be a fan of this movie. If you came to see the original story of The Hobbit unfold then you'll like about 20 minutes. 

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5:12 PM on 12.11.2013

Peter Jackson still intent on making Tintin 2

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was everything Indian Jones and the Crystal Skull should have been. An action-packed throwback to adventure movies, full of fun and old school daring. The fact tha...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 11.05.2013

Third trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

This newest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bit different from the previous one. The footage is mostly the same (maybe two or three different scenes), but the dialogue is cut much differently. There are ...

Nick Valdez

Trick or Treat: The Frighteners photo
Trick or Treat: The Frighteners
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

Okay, I was going to wait 'til the end of the month for this one, but after waxing nostalgic for Poltergeist III yesterday, I just couldn't resist. Today's offering is The Frighteners, and it's one of my all-time favorite movies ever.

Michael J. Fox plays Frank Bannister, a guy who can see ghosts. He uses a couple of these ghosts to fake hauntings so he can exorcise them...for a nominal fee. Things are complicated when ghostly numbers start showing up on peoples' foreheads and a very grim reaper-esque meance begins tearing through the citizens of Bannister's sleepy little town. Together with his ghost pals, he must solve the mystery of the Grim Reaper, a task made increasingly more difficult with a twisted FBI agent dogging his every move.

With solid writing, hysterical deliveries, and great action scenes, this movie is absolutely phenomenal. Directed by Peter Jackson, before he became the Lord of the Rings guy, and starring Michael J. Fox, Jake Busey in one of his best roles, a delightfully phantasmal Chi McBride, R. Lee Ermey, and Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs, there's a ton to love. The only real gripe I have here is that some of the effects don't hold up all that well, but then again, it was 1996. A solid 90 in my book, The Frighteners is truly a solid entry into anybody's Halloween horror queue.

Watch it on Instant Queue!

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6:00 PM on 05.20.2013

Peter Jackson's Hobbit back in production for pick ups

It's been a little while since we last heard about the next two Hobbit movies, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. Even though I had some issues with The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey (Matt, like the majority of...

Hubert Vigilla

1:00 PM on 03.01.2013

The Hobbit: There and Back Again delayed to December 2014

When The Hobbit went from a pair of movies to a trilogy, the original plan was to release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 12, 2012, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 13, 2013, and The Hobbit: There...

Hubert Vigilla

11:00 AM on 01.07.2013

Flix for Short: The Office: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continues to thrive at the box office. While I had a lot of problems with the film's flabby storytelling, there was one thing about the movie that was perfect: Martin Freeman...

Hubert Vigilla

Review: West of Memphis photo
Review: West of Memphis
by Hubert Vigilla

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of DOC NYC 2012. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of West of Memphis.]

Going into West of Memphis, I was worried the film would be redundant. The three Paradise Lost documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky are so well made, and the two filmmakers helped publicize the plight of the West Memphis Three for at least 15 years. What could director Amy Berg and producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh offer that wouldn't be a concise rehash?

As the film progressed, I was happy that West of Memphis stood on its own even though some of the material was familiar. It's like watching Frontline's television documentary The Lost Year in Iraq and Charles Ferguson's feature-length documentary No End in Sight -- I can enjoy both even though they cover the same topic.

Berg's mission is the truth, the same as the Paradise Lost films; the same as Errol Morris's in The Thin Blue Line and other works of investigative journalism and documentary journalism. It's great that West of Memphis may help reopen the murder investigation. It's a bonus that it's a well-crafted film that stands on its own.

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12:00 PM on 12.18.2012

Featurettes on sound and visual effects in The Hobbit

While I had issues with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for its flabby storytelling, the film has set the box office on fire and I did at least appreciate lots of choices in production design. These two feat...

Hubert Vigilla

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Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
by Matthew Razak

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in a really tough spot. The film is the follow up to what is pretty much the most epic trilogy in film history. Plus, being based on a children's book and having a smaller story than its predecessor makes it, well, a lot smaller. It's really the story before the story, and as such should really be told before the story. Instead it's coming after, and that makes it's challenges even greater.

Not only does it have to live up to the immesnley high expectations established by the previous films, which netted Peter Jackson an Oscar, but it also has to feel like its something different. After all, anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings knows that the two books may take place in the same world, but they are light years apart in terms of tone and content. 

The Hobbit needed to be everything to everyone in order to be a great film, but doing that is impossible so a really good film will have to suffice.

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1:00 PM on 12.13.2012

Peter Jackson working on Tintin sequel for 2015

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out tomorrow, but Peter Jackson isn't ready to slow down. He's already shooting a new movie next year: a sequel to Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin. Jackson served as co...

Hubert Vigilla

2:00 PM on 12.12.2012

New Lord of the Rings posters by Olly Moss are awesome

In celebration of everyone's return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming to theaters this week, Mondo - the collectible movie art division of Texas' The Alamo Drafthouse - will be releasing two brand ...

Liz Rugg

11:00 AM on 12.11.2012

Final TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

With the trailers, the posters, the pics, the featurette, and the other TV spots, there has been a whole slew of content for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Well friends, it looks like we've finally reache...

Thor Latham

10:00 AM on 12.07.2012

13-minute featurette on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

We're one week away from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and if you're looking for some new footage to get you hyped, here's a 13-minute featurette for the film via Warner Bros. Belgium. It's got loads of new stuff, inclu...

Hubert Vigilla

11:00 AM on 12.06.2012

New Hobbit TV spot and Entertainment Weekly covers

For some reason it hasn't quite dawned on me that I'll be seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next week at midnight. The original Lord of the Rings Trilogy came out when I was in college, and I remember going to the mid...

Hubert Vigilla

2:00 PM on 12.03.2012

New Hobbit TV spot has brief glimpses of Smaug

The latest TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features a few scant shots of Smaug. And I mean very scant. He just swoops in and destroys stuff, sort of like what he did in the Star Trek Into Darkness poster this m...

Hubert Vigilla

4:00 PM on 11.30.2012

The Hobbit midnight IMAX posters; stream the film score

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be out in two weeks, if you can believe it. And so the hype machine continues with a new TV spot and lots of other keen things. First of all, if you're attending a midnight 3D IMAX scre...

Hubert Vigilla

DC Friends: See The Hobbit early and free photo
DC Friends: See The Hobbit early and free
by Matthew Razak

Update: Tickets are all gone! If you entered on Twitter make sure to check your direct messages. Sorry if you didn't get one, but we'll be doing more giveaways for other movies in the future so stick around.

It's almost time to return to Middle Earth, people. After years of struggle, enough false starts to almost call the whole thing off, the return of Peter Jackson to the franchise and the unexpected stretching of a short children's book into three epic films we are finally near the release of The Hobbit. And for 40 lucky Flixist readers you're even closer than you think. We have 20 admit-two passes to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey early on December 11 in the DC area.

Full screening details are below, but be warned this is an High Frame Rate 3D screening, meaning you'll be seeing it in the fanciest of fancy formats. The passes will be doled out via individual Gofobo code. Once you get yours you just head there and pop it in to get your passes.

How do you get yours exactly? By getting in touche with us any way you can. Either leave a comment below, send us a tweet or post on our Facebook page. It's that's simple. We'll get you a code and you and a friend/spouse/lover/stranger will be on your way to seeing one of the biggest movies of the year before all your friends.

For those that miss out, don't worry. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in Real D 3D, HFR 3D and IMAX 3D on December 14. If you'd like to know where you can see the film in HFR check out our handy list: Where to see The Hobbit in 48 fps.

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11:00 AM on 11.26.2012

Latest Hobbit video blog chronicles post-production

It's crunch time for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Not to be confused with second diabetes time.) With the release date looming, Peter Jackson and his Weta Workshop hordes are hustling to finish the picture. This lates...

Hubert Vigilla

7:00 PM on 11.12.2012

150 Hobbit pics/Neil Finn's "Song of the Lonely Mountain"

As if the 17 character posters weren't excessive enough, we now have 150 behind-the-scenes Hobbit pics to share with you. Thankfully this is in an embedded gallery rather than individual uploads. (Creating a click-through gal...

Hubert Vigilla