THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
2005, Disney, 109 min, Dir: Garth Jennings

Don’t panic - Douglas Adams’ beloved sci-fi franchise arrives on the big screen with its Python-esque sense of humor intact. Everyman Martin Freeman is whisked off of Earth moments before the planet’s destruction to travel across the universe, meeting an eccentric group of characters along the way. This fast-paced and funny film has a cast that’s out of this world, including Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel and Alan Rickman (as a paranoid android), and CGI and creature effects light-years beyond the old BBC-TV series.


THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
2012, Warner Bros., 169 min, USA, Dir: Peter Jackson

This first film in an epic three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's famed fantasy novel follows hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he leads a group of dwarves to liberate Lonely Mountain from a dragon. Many of the actors from director Peter Jackson's acclaimed LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy reprise their roles here.


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