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Glengarry Glen Ross

David Mamet's screenplay is brutal and snappy, and the cast is an acting connoisseur's dream —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

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Peter Jackson

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

    Freeman concludes The Hobbit Review by Marty Mapes: Maybe not as fun as Smaug, Battle caps Jackson's six-part masterpiece

    Review by Robert Denerstein: The last chapter passes muster, but I'm glad it's done

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

    Freeman pushes past the Desolation of Smaug Review by Marty Mapes: Cinema as spectacle, fantastic and fun

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Opts for action and improves on Unexepected Journey's sense of adventure

  • West of Memphis (2013)

    Echols faced injustice West of Memphis Review by Robert Denerstein: Injustice in West Memphis, Arkansas

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Freeman takes An Unexpected Journey Review by Robert Denerstein: By no means a disaster, The Hobbit mixes thrills with disappointments

    Review by Marty Mapes: Tolkein geeks rejoice

  • The Lovely Bones (2010)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Pet peeves and stylistic differences of opinion work against Heavenly Creatures director

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Good casting, a strong subject, yet the movie remains in limbo

  • King Kong (2005)

    Jackson's 800-ton gorilla is too big Review by Matt Anderson: At times ferociously entertaining, but with too many superfluous subplots. Someone rein in Jackson.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    Oliphants herald The Return of the King Review by Marty Mapes: Looking at the sum of its parts, The Lord of the Rings is probably the best trilogy ever made

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    Elijah Wood lies between Two Towers Review by Marty Mapes: The trilogy sets a new standard by which big-budget adventures will be judged

  • Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version (1994)

    DVD review by Risë Keller: A creepy psychological portrait of two girls who committed a horrific crime

  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old Review by Matt Anderson: The voices speak of human character, courage and pluck - traits that are fading away over time.