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“The Hobbit” leads a mix of releases Tuesday. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at Release dates are subject to change.

3 stars “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (PG-13): Director Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) is back with his interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Reports reviewer Mary Ann Gwinn: “Though … it feels overstuffed, the first ‘Hobbit’ film (out of three) holds its own thanks to inspired acting and some jaw-dropping technical innovations.”

2.5 stars“Parkland” (PG-13): Scenes surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 are interwoven with real footage of that terrible day. It includes a look at the doctors and nurses in the emergency room at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital and an immigrant businessman (played by Paul Giamatti) who realizes in horror that he has captured a murder on his new camera.

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2 stars“Passion” (R): Brian De Palma (“Dressed to Kill”) brings forth another hyper­stylish psychosexual thriller, this one pitting a scheming ad executive (Rachel McAdams) against her brainy protégé (Noomi Rapace).

2 stars“Girl Most Likely” (PG-13): Kristen Wiig stars as a failed playwright who moves back home with her eccentric mom (Annette Bening).

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 “Lovelace” (R): A film account of some parts of the life of porn star and (later) activist Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried).

1.5 stars“Grown Ups 2” (PG-13): Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, co-starring Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade, follows the gang through a long day as they reminisce at Kmart, feud with frat boys and throw an ’80s-themed party.

1.5 stars“White House Down” (PG-13): In director Roland Emmerich’s action thriller, Channing Tatum, as a Secret Service agent wannabe, rides to the rescue of the embattled president (Jamie Foxx).


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