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it’s a thrilling con­clu­sion to the fan­tasy tril­ogy

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Di­rec­tor Peter Jack­son brings his rather over-in­flated three­part adap­ta­tion of JRR Tolkein’s beloved tale to a suit­ably epic cli­max. The movie cer­tainly looks spec­tac­u­lar, from the fiery open­ing in which terrifying dragon Smaug (won­der­fully voiced by Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch) lays waste to the set­tle­ment of Lake-town to the awe­some fi­nal bat­tle that pitches contin­gents of dwarves, elves and hu­mans against the orcs and wolves dis­patched by dark wiz­ard

Sau­ron (Cum­ber­batch, again).

But it is up to Mar­tin Free­man’s canny Bilbo Bag­gins and Ian Mck­ellen’s wise wiz­ard Gan­dalf to pro­vide some wel­come warmth and hu­mour amid the non-stop ac­tion.

Dir: Peter Jack­son 2014, 12, 155min

Mck­ellen and co are on hand to help Free­man (in­set) The ul­ti­mate buddy movie is also an all-time great Western. Ide­ally cast, Paul New­man and Robert Red­ford bring the leg­endary out­laws to life as they ban­ter their way through ex­plo­sions, con­trol­ling their crim­i­nal gang and im­press­ing teacher Katharine Ross. Dir: George Roy Hill 1969, PG, 135min

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