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Retreat from the weather and warm up with a winter blockbuster

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

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SHOWCASING at the Tivoli in Tiverton and the Wellesley in Wellington this week is the next installment in the Hobbit series, The Desolation of Smaug (12A).

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and companions pick up where the action left off in the first film and continue their perilous journey eastwards.

The film is the second in trilogy of the popular masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkein and is written and produced by New Zealand film director Sir Peter Jackson.

It follows their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

They pass through the treacherous Mirkwood forest and on to Lake-town, where Bilbo must confront the fire-breathing dragon Smaug in his lair and recover the stolen treasure.

The film comes to an abrupt end, leaving you wanting more.

It is an adventure not to be missed and is available for those who want to be immersed in the action by viewing it in 3D.

It will be shown tonight and tomorrow night at 7.30pm in Tiverton.

In Wellington you can catch it at 7.30pm tonight and Thursday and there is a 1pm screening tomorrow.

Gearing up for Christmas, Exeter and Taunton cinemas have got animated Disney movie Frozen (PG).

Loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Frozen is a terrific fairytale adventure that melds old-fashioned values with state-of-the-art visuals and a rousing musical score with infectious songs by husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Every beautifully coloured and crafted frame is crammed with wit and joy, drawing in audiences of all ages to the story of two sisters battling against both the elements and their fears to claim their rightful place on the throne.

You won't need to wrap up warm though because the story casts an irresistible warm glow to thaw even the most cynical and jaded heart.

You can catch it everyday this week at various times and in 2D and 3D.

Released in cinemas tomorrow is the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit Anchorman.

San Diego's top-rated newsman Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) makes his big comeback to the newsroom in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (15).

He's joined again by his co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner).

This time round it's the 1980s and the broadcasting gang are back on set and keeping it as classy as ever. But now the former Channel 4 team are facing a new challenge as they are offered a gig on a 24-hour news channel in New York.

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