Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ and more new movies

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is released in area theaters Friday. (James Fisher)
The first installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy comes out Friday to mixed reviews. The Post’s Ann Hornaday called the film “a bloated, shockingly tedious trudge,” giving it only one and a half stars. Do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments below.

Here’s more on “The Hobbit,” as well as the rest of the week’s new releases.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (PG-13) “Purely on its own terms, ‘An Unexpected Journey’ can’t be seen as anything but a disappointment, a dreary, episodic series of lumbering walk-talk-fight sequences that often looks less like genuine cinema than a large-scale video game, its high-def aesthetic and mushy close-ups perfectly suited to its presumed end-use on a living room wall or iPhone.” — Ann Hornaday

Hyde Park on Hudson” (R) “At first glance, choosing Bill Murray to play Franklin D. Roosevelt looks like a blatant case of stunt casting, the kind of attention-grabbing gambit inspired more by marketing than verisimilitude. But within just a few minutes of ‘Hyde Park on Hudson,’ it becomes clear that Murray makes an inspired choice, his ineffable combination of natural appeal and oddly recessive diffidence melding flawlessly with Roosevelt’s own hidden depths.” — Ann Hornaday

Central Park Five” (Unrated) “Directed by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon, with a tone of measured outrage, the film powerfully argues that racism explains everything. And it probably does explain a lot.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Any Day Now” (R) “‘Any Day Now’ seeks to remind those who care about tolerance and equality just how far we’ve come, and how far we have left to go. Set in 1979, it’s the story of a same-sex couple who fight bigotry and legal bias to retain custody of an abandoned teenage boy with Down syndrome who unexpectedly comes into their lives.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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