The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch Directed by: Peter Jackson PG-13. 161 mins Slightly better than it’s predecessor, the middle chapter of the Hobbit trilogy still feels just as unnecessary as the first. Moving at a glacial place, the adventure continues as Bilbo Baggins…

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Yun-Fat Chow, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Keith Richards Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 169 mins Devoid of any emotional connection or comprehensible plot, the third in this rollicking series is terribly pointless outside of the predictably flashy action sequences. With Jack Sparrow…

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 151 mins An escapist sequel with mind-blowing effects and an unfortunate onslaught of worn-out gags. Here we see Will and Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightley) about to exchange their wedding vows when Jack Sparrow…

Troy (2004)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Peter O’Toole, Brendan Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Garrett Hedlund, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean Directed by: Wolfgang Peterson R. 165 mins Falling short of the greatness of its source material, Troy condenses Homer’s 10 year war into a few months and loses much historical accuracy in this Hollywood…

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Kevin McNally Directed by: Gore Verbinski PG-13. 143 mins An overlong swashbuckling adventure that explodes with special effects and a memorable performance from Johnny Depp. Gore Versinski (The Ring, Rango) directs this film which, not surprisingly, is based on a Disneyland ride. It tells…