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Is everyone ready to return to The Shire? After a number of false starts (which included a year of “Hellboy” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro as director), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is finally upon us. The first in a brand new trilogy, "An Unexpected Journey" reunites original “Lord of the Rings” mastermind Peter Jackson with many familiar characters and faces from the first set of films, while also expanding upon J.R.R. Tolkein's slender fairytale. Of course, the question is: does anyone really care? The last fantastical Peter Jackson adventure, the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” came out almost a decade ago, and since then we've been blessed with franchises as dark and earthbound as Christopher Nolan's Batman films as well as the more sunny and self-referential Marvel movies. So, is "The Hobbit" a return to Middle-Earth glory for Jackson? Read on to find out! »

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