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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Debuts Midnight in Annapolis

The film opens Friday with 12:00 a.m. showings in Annapolis.

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Screenshot credit: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" traile
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens in theaters at midnight, Friday across the country, and Annapolis fans can buy tickets online now.

The film opens at the Bow Tie Cinema at the Westfield Annapolis Mall at 12:00 a.m. Friday in 3D. You can also get tickets for a Hobbit marathon, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Buy tickets for the midnight showing in Annapolis online here.

Movie reviewers are saying the squeal trumps last year's film, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit."

Chicago Tribune reviewer Michael Phillips gives the film three stars, saying

It's livelier and better than its predecessor. The first movie's harrumphing throat-clearing has given way to a swift, imposing adventure boasting several wing-ding action sequences....It's exciting, improbable, funny in its derring-do and a reminder that Jackson, as a filmmaker, can do many things, including finding the precise way to send arrow after arrow through skull after skull, while tossing in a few beheadings, and yet somehow maintain a PG-13 rating. And the right spirit.

Read the full Chicago Tribune review here. 

Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman was also impressed

...Speaking of heat, the dragon is, quite simply, a marvel: gargantuan yet balletic, hoarding his mountain of gold with a razor-toothed smile, breathing not just flame but an inferno, and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch with the most delicious, insidious knowledge. Bilbo, as played by Freeman, suggests a sly-dog Dana Carvey without irony, and he is certainly overmatched, but that doesn't mean he's outplayed. Desolation is now his business.

Read the full Entertainment Weekly review online here.

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