Short Story: For fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novels, The Hobbit features some familiar faces. In the first of three films helmed by Peter Jackson, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is hired by wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to complete a daunting task: Alongside 13 dwarves, reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. It's a job so hefty, it takes three movies to fulfill! Click here for the official movie site!
What They're Saying: "The Hobbit is a big, bold, beautiful triumph on every level, standing squarely on its own two feet rather than attempting to mimic the style and voice of its predecessors." -- Forbes
Good for Kids? Young Lord of the Rings fans are surely buzzing with excitement about this first installment in the Hobbit trilogy. Although Common Sense Media notes some "dark fantastical scenes that could be scary," the film is bound to please long-time fanatics of all ages. Click here for the full Common Sense review!