Twenty years ago this weekend, a fellowship formed in Rivendell…

Twenty years ago this weekend, I joined a fellowship at the local cineplex to witness an event that would change the art of movies — for better and for worse — for decades to come.

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Aragorn’s Favorite Peter Jackson Movie (Hint: It’s Not The Return of the King)

It's another return of the king! Aragorn is back, and he has some kingly wisdom to share with us...

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The Abomination of “Desolation”: Two Hobbit-Related Lists

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is here. But I didn't attend the press screening. Why? I'll explain. But first, here are five important bits from a review by my favorite movie reviewer...

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The Desolation of “The Hobbit”

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" is turning out to be, for many of us who love the book, a failure of "Phantom Menace" proportions.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The filmmakers took one children's book and expanded it into three movies. So I'll take this one movie and expand it into two movie reviews...

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How to Take A Hobbit Journey Again… For the First Time

The new trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has arrived! What do you think? I first read The Hobbit when I was 7 years old, and moved right on up to The Lord of the Rings at age 8. If you're like me, you'd love to have the thrill of discovering a world as awe-inspiring as that again. And I think we can. We just need to find a way to see Bilbo Baggins, The Shire, the dwarves, Gandalf, Mirkwood Forest, and the Lonely Mountain with new eyes.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Here is the original Looking Closer review of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

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