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#1.)  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”  (PG-13)


“The Hobbit” is the prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, set 60 years before.  It was only one short book, but they’re turning it into three movies.  It’s all about how Bilbo Baggins joins a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim their homeland from a dragon.

Ian McKellen is back as Gandalf, Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage is the leader of the dwarves, the warrior Thorin Oakenshield.

The returning “Lord of the Rings” cast includes Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Christopher Lee as the wizard Saruman.


Even though the One Ring is NOT the focus of this trilogy, this is the movie where Bilbo meets Gollum . . . and ends up in possession of the ring.  So Andy Serkis is back as Gollum.



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