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After his huge success with the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, director Peter Jackson returns to writer J.R.R. Tolkien's territory with this epic-sized start to a three-film prequel. Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, swept into a quest by dwarves to...
"The Hobbit," the first of three movies to be yanked out of J.R.R. Tolkien's single novel, comes from Mister Middle-earth: Peter Jackson, who thrilled Tolkien fans worldwide with his lavish screen version of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy....
Tags: Movies, Culture, Andy Serkis, Howard Shore, Ian McKellen
In the Shire, a Hobbit-populated region of Middle Earth, Mr. Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) is setting down — for the sake of his nephew Frodo (Elijah Wood) — a true account of his life's great adventure. Forty years earlier, a tall wizard named...
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Special to The Herald-MailOne should take my opinion of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" with a grain of salt because I've never much cared for the "Lord of the Rings" series. It is no secret that I consider the entire franchise to be nonsensical, confusing and overlong with...
Nearly all the bits and pieces in director Ridley Scott's"Prometheus" come from other movies — either one of Scott's or someone else's. More and more, though, I appreciate Scott's fundamental squareness as a filmmaker. "Prometheus" may be the"...
When Walter Hill was flipping through the first 40 pages of the science fiction/horror script that became "Alien," he considered it turgid, a snooze. "I thought it was just terrible," said Hill, who co-wrote and co-produced the movie with his partner,...
Frankly My Dear - Orlando SentinelElijah Wood seems more or less officially on board the “Lord of the Rings” “prequel” “The Hobbit,” a tale which J.R.R. Tolkien wrote pre-Rings, with nary a thought of Bilbo's young nephew in his head. He's not been born...
Times Staff WriterThe new motion-capture animated film "Renaissance" is a visually wondrous experience in high-contrast black and white, bogged down by a slow, underwrought story and uninvolving characters. It would be easy to dismiss it as another great-looking film...
Tribune staff reporter3 stars (out of four) Jerri Blank is a 47-year-old ex-con junkie-whore, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have a heart. When Jerri (the incomparable Amy Sedaris) and her impressive overbite return home from a 32-year prison stint, she finds her dad...
Zap2It.comIf you think being an ex-con, junkie and prostitute is difficult, try writing material for one. Comedy writing trio Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert discovered they needed a break after Comedy Central's "Strangers With Candy" was cancelled...
Special to The TimesAn adaptation of the defunct Comedy Central series of the same name, "Strangers With Candy" is a film that never quite manages to justify its existence. Billed as a prequel, the movie begins with a small amount of back story and then picks up pretty...
Times Staff WriterWriter-director Andrew Niccol has either never heard of or has chosen to ignore the old Hollywood dictum that insists "if you want to send a message, use Western Union." His "Lord of War" is unapologetically purposeful, a forceful film with a lot on its...
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