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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

THE DEFINING CHAPTER.  The dragon Smaug flies to Esgaroth to destroy the town, but greater challenges await in the shape of a coming battle for Lonely Mountain. The final part of this trilogy is the shortest film Peter Jackson ever made about the Middle-Earth, but maybe that’s because it is so completely dominated by that … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

FROM THE SMALLEST BEGINNINGS COME THE GREATEST LEGENDS. Gandalf the wizard (Ian McKellen) convinces a hobbit, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), to join his party of 13 dwarves on a quest to reclaim a treasure that was stolen by a mighty dragon. Set sixty years before the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson’s grand return to … Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Coriolanus

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends. As food riots shake Rome, the fiercely independent Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes) squares off with the Volscian army and its leader (Gerard Butler); after being hailed as a hero, Martius is soon betrayed. The first feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy is also Fiennes’s directing debut. His passion as … Continue reading Coriolanus

Bloody Sunday: A Date in Infamy

  Paul Greengrass has quickly become one of the finest directors in the first decade of the 21st century for his ability to make reality-based dramas that look like documentaries but have the kind of tension that is usually created in Hollywood’s finest thrillers. He first showed his knack for it in this film, a … Continue reading Bloody Sunday: A Date in Infamy