The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Director Peter Jackson’s fifth foray into the land of Middle Earth, entitled “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hits theatres December 13.

This movie has the honor of being the middle child of the “Hobbit” trilogy. What this typically means is, if you haven’t seen the first one, there isn’t time to explain it to you, and most likely the end doesn’t resolve much except moving our main characters along geographically and emotionally. Which is exactly what happened here.

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12 Years A Slave

A movie leading the charge into Oscar season is Steve McQueen’s adaptation of “12 Years A Slave.” After earning rave reviews on the festival circuit, the film is about to open wide, and this is this season’s must-see.

Based on the book of the same name, written by Solomon Northrup in 1853, it follows Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black family man in New York, as he is kidnapped and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War America. As Northrup is given a new identity and changes hands amongst the slaveholders in Louisiana, he faces the hardships of a time normally white-washed for the general audiences.

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The Fifth Estate

Long before WikiLeaks reached global notoriety from the release of the Iraq and Afghan War Logs, Julian Assange was hard at work revealing the secrets of large businesses and governments the world over.


“The Fifth Estate” chronicles the time from 2007, when Daniel Berg (Daniel Bruhl) joined the organization, through the publishing of the documents in 2010. Berg initially joined WikiLeaks, believed the ruse that Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) had an army of volunteers, when in reality, it was just the pair that soon took on Swiss Bank Julius Baer, the Church of Scientology and both British and American politicians.  Continue reading “The Fifth Estate”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Ten years ago, Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings” to the big screen. It garnered numerous awards, including Academy Awards, and boosted the careers of actors within the movie, such as Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and make Sir Ian McKellan a household name.

Peter Jackson is back with the prequel to the trilogy, “The Hobbit.” The 300 page book has been made into three full length movies, using material from the appendices of the original trilogy to beef up the content.hobbit

The story follows a company of 14, made up of a single hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, BBC’s “Sherlock”), and 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage, BBC’s “MI-5”), to reclaim the dwarves home Erebor from the dragon Smaug, and the treasure within the mountain. Bilbo is recruited by Gandalf (McKellan) to be the group’s burglar. Continue reading “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”