“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 seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
“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.”
“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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“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).
“Girl Most Likely” (PG-13): Kristen Wiig stars as a failed playwright who moves back home with her eccentric mom (Annette Bening).
“Lovelace” (R): A film account of some parts of the life of porn star and (later) activist Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried).
“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.
“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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