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Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) struggles to keep his footing atop the mounds of treasure in a dragon's lair in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." The movie is the second of the three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy about Middle-earth.

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The Bock’s Office: 2nd ‘Hobbit’ shows dangers of going too big

Last winter, we were reintroduced to a place that a decade before had captivated our imaginations. Reactions to the second attempt at cinematic greatness were varied, to say the least — some hated it, some were indifferent and others claimed, “I liked it, but …” The good thing about “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is it likely will win over some who were put off by the changes made to a beloved classic. Still, the haters have an uphill battle.


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