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On Cinema Christmas Special

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' and 'A Madea Christmas'

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Director: Peter Jackson

Year: 2013     Run Time: 161 min

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Gregg's Review

In a way it's the ultimate Christmas movie, in that it's a gift from Peter Jackson to the world

5 Bags of Popcorn, 100 More Bags of Popcorn


Tim's Review

This one WILL win the Oscar, alright? Let's not mess around with that anymore.

5 Bags of Popcorn, 5 Additional Bags of Popcorn


A Madea Christmas

Director: Tyler Perry

Year: 2013     Run Time: 100 min

Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she's coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.

Tim's Review

I'm excited because this is really sort of the first black Christmas movie

5 Bags of Popcorn

Gregg's Review

I've gotta say I was a little distracted when I was trying to watch this one because my mind was still on The Hobbit

5 Bags of Popcorn, 1 Set of Blinders

Popcorn Classics

Christmas with the Kranks

Director: Joe Roth

Year: 2004     Run Time: 99 min

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

Gregg's Comments

It's sort of an instant family classic. You've got to see it.
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