| Jan 26, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Astute viewers of "The King's Speech" will no doubt have recognized the clever casting of Derek Jacobi in the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The British actor first rose to international prominence in the television miniseries "I, Claudius," based....
| Jun 27, 2010
If "King Lear" has a moral, it's that if you're lucky enough to have a kingdom, it's probably not a good idea to divide it in two.
The Antaeus Company production that just opened in a 49-seat house in North Hollywood turns that wisdom upside down:...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 7:16 PM
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...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 12:48 PM
One 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...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 5:09 PM
In the mid-80s, David Cronenberg went from low-budget indie horror director to acceptance in Hollywood with "The Dead Zone," "The Fly" and "Dead Ringers."
Rather than using his new access to steer yet more Hollywood, he made "Naked Lunch" —...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:29 AM
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...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 7:38 AM
"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....
| Jun 7, 2012
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"...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Elijah 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...
| Jan 20, 2011
| 3:28 PM
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,...