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  • 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

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

    McAvoy supports Scotland, or is that X-Men? Review by Robert Denerstein: If we have to have comic-book movies, they should all be this fun

    Review by Matt Anderson: Outclassed by First Class, Days of Future Past is a solid addition to the canon

  • 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

  • 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

  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

    X-Men make one Review by Matt Anderson: Fails to reach its lofty potential but it still serves as an entertaining diversion

  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)

    Tautou and Hanks crack The Da Vinci Code Review by Matt Anderson: The book's a lark. The movie's an albatross.

  • 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

  • X2: X-Men United (2003)

    X-Men blast back onto the screen Review by Ryan Hurtig: X2 will not disappoint anyone who enjoyed the first film

  • 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

  • Gods and Monsters (1998)

    Review by Marty Mapes

  • Richard III (1995)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Set in fascist 1940s England and starring Ian McKellen as one of the best villains ever