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The second part of a trilogy is always difficult to assess as the end of the day we are talking about a movie that has no beginning or end themselves. When the film starts, the story will have advanced and the characters are already in motion, and when it all ends on the usual “to be continued” , much remains to tell, which often gives out the patience of the most enthusiastic spectator. Trying to close their eyes to this unavoidable handicap, what can this mean The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is what keeps the spirit of adventure that characterized the light first chapter , although some holes below this opening chapter.

Peter Jackson is back to his favorite world and we note that it is a world where it continues to feel like you’re at home, because by this time the New Zealander director dominates the fantastic and the particular universe of Tolkien as if running the simplest of tasks. The ease with which Jackson makes this complex world fully functioning continues to amaze us greatly , since the adventure flows like water running in a stream and has many fantastic scenarios that continue to surprise everyone and everything , so real and wonderful that are. The viewer is transported to Middle Earth with tremendous ease, this is undeniable. And the various characters remain as authentic and interesting as always, so Jackson should be congratulated  However, some repetitions in the narrative shake a bit the quality of the film, as well as slightly too long sequences that break the pace of the adventure.

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The second film in Marvel’s Phase Two of releasing, is the follow to up 2011′s rousing and unexpectedly humorous, Thor. This new film keeps the humor intact but there’s something light and insubstantial about this movie. It almost floats away as you watch it, and it dissipates from memory just as quickly.

This time out Thor must engage in battle with an ancient enemy older than Earth, who is intent on enslaving all in the nine realms of the universe. While the first movie took place largely in a dusty remote town in New Mexico, the majority of this sequel is set in the mythical city of Asgard. This would seem to be the ideal opportunity for creative enhancement but for all it’s proclamations and noisy battle sequences there is little creativity onscreen. Chris Hemsworth is once again ideally cast as the mythical god of Thunder and Natalie Portman slums through her role with an almost bashful annoyance.
Jane Foster (Portman) is transported from present day London, where she still pines for Thor, to Asgard, putting her life in jeopardy and giving the movie a reason to exists. There is a lot of nonsense involving the aligning of planets and ports that link worlds. Jane’s very presence in Asgard threatens the existence of all Asgardians, due to an infection she carries, caused by the cursed Aether. Got all that?

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There has been a recent resurgence of fantasy based movies ever since The Lord of the Rings trilogy hit last decade. Now we have Game of Thrones carrying the torch. But this genre has always been a favorite for B movies. The Crown and the Dragon is an independent fantasy film about a land plagued by a dragon. A young noblewoman, Ellen (Amy De Bhrún), and her aunt are on a mission to bring an ancient relic to the secret coronation of the rightful king. Ellen’s aunt is murdered on their voyage, leaving her to continue the mission. Luckily Ellen is saved by a smuggler, Aedin (David Haydn), and he agrees to accompany her for a price. The two aren’t just dealing with a dragon, but an evil magister who will do anything to get his hand on the relic – and use it for his own evil advancement. Can Ellen fill her aunt’s shoes and become the Paladin, the prophesied dragon slayer?

Normally I’d give this 2 1/2 stars, but the two leads pulled me into the film with nice on-screen chemistry. David Haydn is a B movie version of Gerard Butler, and just as likable. The special effects are a tad better than most at this level, but they still are nowhere near a major Hollywood picture. If you’re willing to suspend your disbelief a little more than usual you’ll find a well-directed and acted film. The script and story are standard fare for fantasy, but they aren’t bad – and in many ways I felt like I was watching a Corman B movie fantasy film from my youth.

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2011 opens with the remains of films that did not find any screens during the Christmas period. Already expired, “Season of the Witch” can only have a funny taste. And that movie lovers thought that Nicolas Cage was back on track in 2010 after all his turnips.

During the Crusades, Holy War in full swing. Having lost faith after so many unnecessary killings, the old man of God Behmen (Nicolas Cage) and his sidekick Felson (Ron Perlman) decide to disappear from the wild. The two companions are brought to reality by the bodies that populate their way. Forced to escort a girl (Claire Foy) suspected of witchcraft, they discover that if the good exists, evil must not be far away…

Nicolas Cage has the continuity of ideas. After almost rejuvenated his career by participating in the delusional “Kick-Ass, he played a mage considerate in” The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Here he is on the other side of the fence, in pursuit of a wicked witch who may be responsible for many disasters. This interesting original idea (that the plague that took place during the Middle Ages is of supernatural origin) is not intended, however, not treated as historical mode, Bragi Schut Jr. screenwriter preferring the intricacies of the action.

A bitter disappointment for this story that begins in the manner of “The Crucible” and ends doubtfully as “Legion”. Not satisfied with having missed his subject n’explorant not the multiple challenges available to him, director Dominic Sena (“Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Swordfish” and “Whiteout”) undermines the entertainment factor . The feature totally indifferent, with its long and repetitive combat clashes dull, that does not just brighten uneven special effects and a beautiful photograph that serves absolutely no purpose here. In fact it is a banal series B which does not assume simply not serious when residing ridicule tends to take all the space.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The most beautiful movie that I have ever had the pleasure to see..

Comes to an end one of the longest and creative franchises in the world cinema. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 intend to open all avenues for that next year the series close with a golden key. The studios also promise the latest chapter in 3D (almost the first part was not), which should generate even greater attendance records. Incidentally, this Warner can not complain. Harry Potter has always been efficient in time to fatten their coffers. What had the lowest box office, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban grossed almost $ 800 million worldwide. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest release by then, reached nearly 1 billion. The two sides intent on beating this end all those numbers, and are well capable of achieving.

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