Month: January 2015

Review: ‘Into the Woods’

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After a foray into action/adventure territory with a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) has now returned to the musical genre to adapt into film Into the Woods, a beloved Broadway production in which classic fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack and the Bean Stalk, are woven together into one narrative and lampooned before being subverted in the musical’s dark second act. Woods features a top-notch ensemble, […]

Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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In the last of Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations—we hope, anyway!—erstwhile Shire-dweller Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarven allies (Richard Armitage and a bunch of guys who don’t get any lines) defend the Lonely Mountain from elves, orcs and hungry fishermen. Ryan: When we reviewed last year’s The Desolation of Smaug—the predecessor to The Battle of the Five Armies—I mentioned how difficult it was to give it a full appraisal until we had a […]