It may not have been as gripping as the Lord of the Rings films, but the Hobbit trilogy goes out with a bang with this instalment, as dwarves, orcs, elves, men, wolves and one plucky hobbit clash over the dragon Smaug’s rich plunder. For all the liberties it takes with Tolkien’s book, it makes for a suitably epic finale.
This Tim Burton film perhaps didn’t get the attention it deserved on its release. Toning down his usual wacky fantasy shtick, Burton tells the story of real-life artist Margaret Keane and her struggles to have her work recognised as her own. Amy Adams was Bafta-nominated in the lead, and there’s reliable support from Christoph Waltz as her scheming husband.
This much-belated sequel to the 1994 guilty pleasure perhaps wasn’t the laugh-fest we were hoping for, but it’s gotta be better than prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, right? And with original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back on board, some fun is guaranteed. Best served with alcohol, to be on the safe side.
The sixth in the Tinker Bell series may well be the last, according to reports. A shame really, as these fairy stories provide harmless but fun entertainment for their intended young audience (and adults will grudgingly admit that they don’t mind them, too). This episode finds Pixie Hollow under threat once again, but maybe not from the scary-looking creature lurking in the woods.
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