3 December 2012 5:58 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Finally, the last films of the year are being screened, just in time for early critics voting. Early reactions to this weekend's "Django Unchained" were upbeat, but reviews are embargoed.  Reactions to Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." first came in from both the New Zealand premiere, held on Wednesday, and a slew of Los Angeles screenings. Complaints from the premiere took the form of dizziness and even motion sickness from watching the controversial 48 fps, while some L.A. critics found the film padded, overlong and shockingly lacking in women. Update: With more reviews filed, though, "The Hobbit" is currently 71% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. I was entertained but underwhelmed by "The Hobbit," which is an extraordinary VFX achievement and should land its only Oscar nomination in that category. Not surprisingly, the grand narrative of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" is missing from »


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