Published Dec 14, 2012Get ready for an adventure through the world of Middle Earth, as well as other the places the newly released movies are taking us this week. Check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section to get reviews of films coming out this week. Also, don't forget this week's highlights below.
First off, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (pictured) is out in theatres. This is the classic story that starts it all, with Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel introducing the world to the realm of Middle Earth. The film has been split into three films that follow the story of Bilbo Baggins, the unlikely 14th member of a band of dwarven companions on their way to retake their homeland from the clutches of the evil dragon Smaug.
Next, Bill Murray stars in Hyde Park on the Hudson as Franklin D. Roosevelt. The film centres on Roosevelt playing host to the King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Consort Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), and the first visit the British Monarchy had ever made to the United States. With the trip taking place in 1939 just before the outbreak of the Second World War, the film documents the early beginnings of British and American diplomatic relations.
Lastly, Meet the Fokkens is now out in theatres. The documentary follows the "Fokken sisters," two prostitutes who have been working in Amsterdam's red light district for 50 years. The sisters, who are both overweight and well past their prime, have a sense of humour about their situation and themselves that makes events that would usually be disturbing into something comical and accessible.
To read the full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.