The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Can flattery help keep you alive?
Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman
Directed by Peter Jackson

Middle-earth continues its domination of the silver screen with this latest installment, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the second film centering on the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo and his band of merry men (and dwarves and wizards). Peter Jackson has delivered a terrific film that also has a unique Achilles’s heel. The one weakness in this otherwise highly-entertaining movie is exactly ... more >

HOBBIT premieres today

Today in Wellington

"'The Hobbit' almost did not get shot here,” Peter Jackson (pictured with his daughter) told New Zealand Radio. Jackson, will present the world premiere of “ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in Wellington today. "The worst moment for me was when a box, a big box, was delivered to my office.” They had sent a reconaissance team to England and Scotland to take pictures," he added. Studio ... more >

Hobbit Air

New Zealand Air shows cinematic flair

Thank God, Hobbits can now travel safely. Just before takeoff Air New Zealand is showing its passengers a video inspired from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first part of the trilogy "The Hobbit," itself derived from the "Lord of the Rings" series. In this short film, which replaces the traditional safety guidelines at the beginning of the flight--which everyone will sorely miss, ... more >

PREVIEW – West of Memphis

Who were the Memphis 3?

A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver us From Evil) West of Memphis tells the little-explained story behind a much-debated arrest of three young members of a small rural Arkansas community and the fight for the truth which ensued. Starting with a probing look into the investigation of the 1993 murders of three eight year-old boys ... more >

The Lovely Bones

It's the story of a life and everything that came after
Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg and Saoirse Ronan
Directed by Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ accomplishes one thing that’s hard to do. I’ve never seen a film in which the foreboding sounds of inanimate objects cause such an emotional stir while the allegedly animate actors cause almost none. In his adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel about a child murder, Jackson’s film does pretty well in re-creating the sights and sounds of 1973, capturing that ... more >