Knoxville.com's guide to movies at local theaters

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, center) helps a band of dwarves on their quest to reclaim their homeland from the dragon Smaug in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” out today.

Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture, © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, center) helps a band of dwarves on their quest to reclaim their homeland from the dragon Smaug in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” out today.

New movies opening in Knoxville this week include "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Nebraska" and "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas."

Find movie times and locations

NEW

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, this film continues the adventures of the title ...

Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images

Length: 161 minutes

Released: December 13, 2013 Nationwide

Cast: Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen

Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien

More info and showtimes »

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) three stars; Director Peter Jackson returns to the story of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and a band of dwarves to, continue their quest to reclaim their homeland.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

A Madea Christmas (PG-13) not screened; Tyler Perry’s evergreen female troublemaker returns to straighten out a country Christmas.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Nebraska (R) four and a half stars; A son agrees to drive his curmudgeonly father (Bruce Dern) across the country to collect the dad’s supposed million-dollar sweepstakes win.; Downtown West;

CONTINUING

About Time (R) four stars; On turning 21, a man (Domhnall Gleeson)) discovers he can travel through time and encounters complications when he works to get a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams).; Downtown West

All Is Lost (PG-13) four stars; Robert Redford stars as a man who battles the elements and his own pain while struggling to stay alive on his ship lost at sea.; Downtown West

The Armstrong Lie (R) three and a half stars; Documentary filmmakers follow the methodical actions and lies of disgraced cycling hero Lance Armstrong.; Downtown West

Bad Grandpa (R) three stars; Johnny Knoxville stars as an 86-year-old man taking his 8-year-old grandson across the country in a comedy that mixes scripted actions with unwitting non-actors in the style of “Borat.”; Knoxville Center, Tinseltown, Wynnsong

After nearly 15 years comes the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally ...

Rating: R for language, sexual content and brief nudity

Length: 122 minutes

Released: November 15, 2013 Nationwide

Cast: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Writer: Malcolm D. Lee

More info and showtimes »

The Best Man Holiday (R) three stars; In a sequel to the 1999 film “The Best Man,” A group of friends reunite for the holidays 15 years after college, and rekindle old rivalries and romances. With Taye Diggs, Monica Calhoun and Morris Chestnut.; Knoxville Center, Wynnsong

The Book Thief (PG-13) three stars; Amid the horrors of World War II, a foster child finds solace in the joy of reading, and giving comfort to a Jewish boy sheltered in the family’s basement.; Carmike 10, Downtown West, Pinnacle

Captain Phillips (PG-13) four and a half stars; Tom Hanks stars in the true story of a heroic captain who protected his crew from Somali Pirates in 2009.; Wynnsong

Carrie (R) three stars; Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a high school outcast who deal with her paranormal powers and her rage in a retelling of Stephen King’s first novel. With Julianne Moore as Carrie’s abusive mother.; Downtown West

The Counselor (R) three stars; Literary great Cormac McCarthy (in his first film script) partners with director Ridley Scott in this dark thriller starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Badem.; Movies 7

Dallas Buyers Club (R) four stars; Matthew McConaughey stars as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, who contrated AIDS in the 1980s and banded with fellow AIDS patients to smuggle a possible cure from Mexico.; Downtown West

The Delivery Man (PG-13) three stars; Vince Vaughn stars as an underachiever who finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations made 20 years earlier.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Despicable Me 2 (PG) four and a half stars; Gru (voice of Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.; Movies 7

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer ...

Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material

Length: 114 minutes

Released: November 1, 2013 Nationwide

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis

Director: Gavin Hood

Writer: Gavin Hood

More info and showtimes »

Ender’s Game (PG-13) two and a half stars; A shy, but strategically brilliant boy (Asa Butterfield)is the only hope of leading an attack against aliens intent on destroying the human race. With Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.; West Town

Enough Said (PG-13) four and a half stars; A divorced mom (Julia Louis Dreyfus) facing her daughter moving away meets a nice man in a similar situation (James Gandolfini) and becomes good friends with someone who turns out to be her beau’s ex-wife (Catherine Keener).; Downtown West

Escape Plan (R) two and a half stars; In their first film together, Sylvester Stallone, playing a wrongly imprisoned structural security expert, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a felow prison inmate, must join forces to break out of the most protected and fortified prison ever built.; Movies 7

Frozen (PG) three and a half stars; A girl and a mountain man attempt to put an end to the spell that has put their land into an eternal winter, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Ritz (Clinton), Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Gravity (PG-13) four stars; Sandra Bullock stars as a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission with a vetaran astronaut (George Clooney). When the shuttle is destroyed the two struggle to survive in space.; Knoxville Center, Wynnsong

Homefront (R) two stars; A widowed ex-DEA agent retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. However, the town isn’t what he thought it was. With Seth Adair, James Franco and Jason Statham.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge)

The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means ...

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language

Length: 146 minutes

Released: November 22, 2013 Nationwide

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, Suzanne Collins

More info and showtimes »

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) three and a half stars; After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) embark on a “Victor’s Tour,” but discover a rebellion is brewing before the 75th Annual Hunger Games.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Insidious 2 (PG-13) two and a half stars; The writer, director and cast of the original “Insidious” reunite to present a sequel to the supernatural hit horror film.; Movies 7

Kill Your Darlings (R) four stars; Daniel Radcliffe stars as pioneering beat poet Allen Ginsberg who came together with fellow future beat legends Willliam S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac during an investigation into a murder in 1944.; Downtown West

Last Vegas (PG-13) three stars; Four childhood friends (Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) now pushing 70, hit Sin City for one of the pal’s bachelor party.; Carmike 10, West Town

Oldboy (R) three stars; In director Spike Lee’s American adaptation of the Korean cult classic, Josh Brolin plalys a man who was kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 20 years and searches for the reason and people responsible when he is set free.; Wynnsong

Russell Baze has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ...

Rating: R for strong violence, language and drug content

Length: 116 minutes

Released: December 4, 2013 LA

Cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe

Director: Scott Cooper

Writer: Scott Cooper, Brad Inglesby

More info and showtimes »

Out of the Furnace (R) four stars ; Two working-class brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck) attempt to make the most of their hard-scrabble lives until they cross paths with a meth kingpin. Also starring Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG-13) two and a half stars; Son of Poseiden Percy Jackson continues his quest to fulfill his destiny and enlists fellow supernaturally-gifted brethren to capture the Golden Fleece.; Movies 7

Philomena (PG-13) four stars; Based on a true story, a cynical reporter (Steve Coogan) helps a woman (Judi Dench) locate the out-of-wedlock child that she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier.; Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Wynnsong

Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) two and a half stars; Marvel Comic’s Norse superhero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fights the vengeful Malekith who wants to plunge the universe into darkness. With Natalie Portman.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

12 Years a Slave (R) four and a half stars; Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star.; Downtown West

2 Guns (R) two and a half stars; Two crooked undercover officers (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg)- one from the DEA and the other from the Navy - unknowingly lead investigations on each other.; Movies 7

We’re the Millers (R) four stars; Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer who must enlist a disreputable crew to pretend to be his family in order to bring a major haul of weed acros the Mexican border in an RV. With Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts and Ed Helms.; Movies 7

Get Copyright Permissions © 2013, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!

© 2013 Knoxville.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Already activated? Login