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This week's new films

14 December 2012 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Smashed | Neil Young Journeys | Chasing Ice | Love Crime | Dead Europe | UFO | False Trail | Code Name: Geronimo | Tinkerbell And The Secret Of The Wings | Babette's Feast | Baraka | What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12A)

(Peter Jackson, 2012, Us) Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis. 169 mins

So the three-movie idea is more likely down to financial demands than creative ones, and the now-notorious higher frame rate reduces cinematic spectacle to pin-sharp TV movie, but this is terrifically wrought escapism. Freeman is the perfect lead, too. But what could have, should have been a masterpiece ends up a fantasy epic with too much epic and not enough fantasy.

Smashed (15)

(James Ponsoldt, 2012, Us) Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul. 81 mins

Winstead shows impressive range as a young alcoholic teacher trying to get back on track. The familiar subject feels fresh applied to a new demographic. »

- Steve Rose

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Babette's Feast – review

13 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gabriel Axel's film about a giant repast bequeathed on a 19th-century Danish religious community still charms 25 years on

The complacent and nauseating word "foodie" is often used in connection with Gabriel Axel's 1987 film, now rereleased in cinemas. But if you're salivating over the food, you're missing the point. The film is based on a short story by Danish author Karen Blixen, whose memoirof Out of Africa was famously adapted for the cinema in 1985. In 19th-century Denmark, spinster sisters Filippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) are honouring the memory of their late father, a stern preacher, by doing good works and hosting prayer groups, having long since rejected the pleasures of love, marriage and children. Into these old women's lives comes a mysterious Frenchwoman, Babette (Stéphane Audran), an acquaintance of a former dejected suitor, a refugee from the French civil war.

Babette agrees to work as their cook and housekeeper; and, »

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