Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug isn’t necessarily better or worse than its predecessor, but more like an inverse of all of An Unexpected Journey’s positives and negatives. Instead of an opening hour that sets things up in excruciating detail and a final two hours of exciting story, Smaug has a pretty entertaining, fast paced and swiftly moving opening 100 minutes before giving into repetitive indulgence that exists for no reason except to drag the story out over three movies.

This Week in DVD: 3/26/13

Did you miss almost all of our theatrical coverage around the holidays? Well this week we look at some of the biggest late 2012 releases including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lincoln, Les Miserables, This is 40, and Zero Dark Thirty. Also, looks at Killing Them Softly and the Canadian made sci-fi romance Mars et Avril.

West of Memphis Review

While a great introduction to the plight of the West Memphis Three and the miscarriage of justice the surrounded their murder trial, West of Memphis doesn't do much that the Paradise Lost films didn't already cover (and better), and it's kind of self serving how producer Peter Jackson portrays himself. But thankfully it's an overall decent documentary and introduction to the story.