Back In The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Reviewed.

Expectations are such tricky things when it comes to movies. Before the first installment in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy debuted at the end of 2001, there was no guarantee that it would go on to become one of Hollywood's most profitable and Academy-approved franchises. Jackson and his creative team… » 12/10/13 5:22pm 12/10/13 5:22pm

The Deep Breath Before The Plunge. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,…

1. It's always important to remember that the first film of any trilogy—particularly one that has to not only introduce a bunch of new characters but take time to remind us of all the people/dwarves/elves/wizards we'd forgotten in the nine years since we last saw them—is always going to be the slowest, most laborious… » 12/12/12 5:45pm 12/12/12 5:45pm

Just Like Heaven's Gate: Why Didn't The Lord Of The Rings Series Fail?

Next week, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens, setting in motion another Tolkien trilogy from director Peter Jackson that will end in the summer of 2014. Everyone's wondering whether these Hobbit movies can live up to the Lord of the Rings films, whose combination of commercial and critical success is just about… » 12/07/12 6:26pm 12/07/12 6:26pm