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All of the main characters in this week's new releases are searching for something; whether it be love, acceptance or a treasure. In theaters now is the first film in an epic trilogy that takes place 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to life in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo and thirteen dwarves go on a mission to retrieve the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor that was taken by the dragon Smaug. The PG-13 film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Evangeline Lilly. The fantasy adventure lasts for two hours and forty-nine minutes. It's playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.
A gay couple takes in a neighbor's handicapped son in Any Day Now. Neglected by his mom, the teen with Down syndrome gains love and stability from his new family. Their happy home is put into question as the law attempts to separate them. The limited released drama is based on a true story. The film runs for one hour and thirty-seven minutes. It's rated R for language, drugs and sex.
Two sisters struggle with relationships in Save the Date. As one sister plans her wedding, the other is torn between to loves. The limited released drama shows the joys and heartache of contemporary romances. The one hour and thirty-eight minute film is rated R for sex, language and drugs.
Popular works have been transformed into 3D. J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, The Hobbit, debuted this week in 3D theaters. Next week, the popular animated children's film, Monsters Inc., is being re-released with the third dimension. Also, making its way in theaters on Dec. 21 is The Guilt Trip, starring Seth Rogan and Barbra Streisand.