Northumberland Mall Theatres
Welcome back to Middle Earth!
The second film of THE HOBBIT trilogy, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, opens next Thursday evening (Thursday Dec 12 at 10:00 pm) at Northumberland Theatres. Tickets went on sale yesterday at the Cobourg theatre. Bilbo Baggins continues his journey with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. In this installment, they must face the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in order to help the Dwarves return to their rightful home. This is New Zealand director Peter Jackson''s fifth foray into Middle Earth following his fantastc LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and last year's THE HOBBIT, AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. The final installment of the Hobbit trilogy, THERE AND BACK AGAIN is scheduled for December 17, 2014 release.
Peter Jackson has been translating the epic fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkein for 20 years now. Tolkein's books were published over many years beginning in 1937 and they experienced a renaissance of interest in the 1960s and 70s when many of Cobourg's elders were twenty-something. Jackson's film interpretations began dominating the theatre landscape over a decade ago with THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001), THE TWO TOWERS (2002) and THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003). The LOTR and THE HOBBIT film franchise has been a major success both financially ($4 billion in theatres) and artistically. The final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, THE RETURN OF THE KING, won all of its 11 Academy Award nominations at the 2004 Oscars.
This year's HOBBIT promises to continue the dramatic tradtion. Come to the theatre and get your photos taken with the seven 7' character panels from THE HOBBIT.
This week, the two biggest films of 2013, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and Disney's FROZEN hold over. They are joined on Friday by a romantic comedy - ABOUT TIME - starring Bill Nighey, the quiet Englishman who embraced Judi Dench's beguiling character in BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL.
ABOUT TIME (14-A) is a charmer. On his 21st birthday, geeky Tim Lake's awkward dad (Bill Nighey) tells him a family secret—all the males in the family are able to travel back in time. Tim can go back to any moment and live it over and over again until he gets it “right.” Good for Tim who can't seem to get it right with girls. He goes back to last New Year to see if he can win the girl of his dreams played by London, Ontario beauty Rachel McAdams, but Tim learns that not everything can be fixed, and that time travel doesn't come without consequences.
Cobourg's movie theatre has been busy these past weeks. There are movies for all ages. I was amazed to see people from 3 to 83 streaming out of CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN last week. We are scheduling extra matinees. Go to here for showtimes and rich content. Or call the phone information line at 905-373-4218 for movie times.
Gift certicates are available at the box office. Give the gift of laughter, romance or drama. $10.00 and $20.00 denominations. Drop in most afternoons for quick service. Call ahead to make sure we're there - 905-373-4220.
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