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Is American Hustle the Best Movie of the Year? PEOPLE's Review

See This/Skip That: From American Hustle to Hours

Originally posted 12/12/2013 03:00PM

Director David O. Russell – and his star-studded American Hustle cast – unleash a sexy-groovy throwback to the disco era, while the late Paul Walker delivers one of his final onscreen outings in Hours.

Here's what to see in theaters this weekend.

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Review: The Hobbit Is a Grand Adventure – That Takes Too Long

The Hobbit Is a Great Adventure That Takes Too Long to Arrive

Originally posted 12/14/2012 10:00AM

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The elegance of The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien's rousing tale of Bilbo Baggins helping a passel of dwarves reclaim their mountain home is that the epic spans just a few hundred pages.

Moviegoers, on the other hand, could have first breakfast, second breakfast and elevenses in the nearly three hours it takes director Peter Jackson to deliver the first third of this trilogy in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Part 2 is slated for next year.)

It helps that the cast is so engaging, particularly Martin Freeman as Bilbo, a kind, fussy sort torn between the comforts of his divinely cozy hobbit hole and the promise of adventure.

And what adventure it is!

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