Out in cinemas this week: We must away, ere break of day, to seek our Jackson prequel gold.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
It's finally here, the first installment of the prequel based on the book that came first. Will it be exhilirating? Syrupy? Funny? Laughable? Even with the Jackson-Walsh-Boyens tendency to overplay emotional moments, a cast like this and the sure knowledge that the brilliant production artisans can transport us wholly and completely to Middle-earth make The Hobbit a must-see.
The story: Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.
Starring: Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Luke Evans (Bard), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ian Holm (Old Bilbo), Lee Pace (King Thranduil), Aidan Turner (Kili).
Directed by: Peter Jackson.
Roswell is a good place to film an indie sci-fi flick, and Dee Wallace an auspicious name to lead the cast. But the real draw: exploding aliens.
The story: The children in the border town of Las Cruses start acting strangely. Defiant, sullen and dismissive of their parents, they club together in secret 'cabals.' They appear to be acting under the orders of a Higher Power. And it may be they are...
Starring: Dee Wallace (Olga), John Clark Gable (Sheriff Herrera), Grant Cramer (Craxton), Gabrielle Stone (Jane), Mark Vasconcellos (Lutz), Johnnie Hector (Ian), Olga Cramer (Miranda), Celeste Fianna (Susan), Michael Placencia (David Shrader), Rick Fulton (Deputy Schlinger), Shilo Halvorson (Casey), Patti Stacy (Screaming Woman Shopper), Pam Engelhard (Night Nurse), Kailer Walker (Jay), Jesse Davis (Dr. Davis), Klarissa Chavez (Shelly Kramer).
Directed by: Rob Walker.