New releases, March 14–20, 2013
Peter Jackson’s bloated first Hobbit arrives on VOD.
Dir. Bryan Wizemann. 2011. 103mins. Lauren Ambrose, Penelope Ann Miller, Dylan Baker.
A single mother (Ambrose) faces hard choices in Las Vegas. Available on VOD Tue 19.
Dir. Kim Chapiron. 2010. 91mins. Adam Butcher, Shane Kippel, Mateo Morales.
A Canadian descendant of Alan Clarke’s Scum, this hard-edged drama finds three teenage boys enduring the hellish hardships of a juvenile correction facility. Available on VOD Tue 19.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Dir. Peter Jackson. 2012. PG-13. 2hrs 50mins. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis.
VOD viewers catching up with this bloated fantasy—the first film in a trilogy based on Tolkien’s novel—will be spared the hideous spectacle of 48 frames per second. But it would take more than a change in frame rate to fix Jackson’s perfunctory prequel. Available on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray Tue 19.