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FRAN WALSH

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MORTAL ENGINES (2018)
Starring Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Ronan Raftery, Stephen Lang, Leila George, Jihae, Hugo Weaving, Colin Salmon, Sophie Cox and Caren Pistorius. Directed by Christian Rivers.

Thousands of years after civilisation was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy - who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London - finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw. Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

REVIEWS Mortal Engines - A junkyard mess

THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES 3D (2014)
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Balanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lily, Hugo Weaving, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honour to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

REVIEWS The Hobbit Trilogy - Inside the extended editions
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - The final film of the trilogy on Blu-ray
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Not with a bang, but with a whimper

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (2013)
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, Stephen Fry and Luke Evans. Directed by Peter Jackson.

REVIEWS The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (2012)
Starring Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen - Gandalf, Andy Serkis - Gollum, Cate Balanchett - Galadriel, Benedict Cumberbatch - Smaug/necromancer, Stephen Fry - Master Of Laketown, Evangeline Lily - Tauriel, Hugo Weaving - Eldron, Luke Evans - Bard and Orlando Bloom - Legolas. Directed by Peter Jackson.

REVIEWS The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - A supreme adventure film
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - A rollicking adventure

PRODUCER
MORTAL ENGINES (2018)
Starring Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Ronan Raftery, Stephen Lang, Leila George, Jihae, Hugo Weaving, Colin Salmon, Sophie Cox and Caren Pistorius. Directed by Christian Rivers.

Thousands of years after civilisation was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy - who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London - finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw. Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

REVIEWS Mortal Engines - A junkyard mess

WEST OF MEMPHIS (2013)
Starring Jason Baldwin, Julie Ann Doan, Damien Wayne Echols, Pam Hobbs, Jessie Misskelley, Lorri Davis, Eddie Vedder and Peter Jackson. Directed by Amy J. Berg.

A powerful and provocative look into the untold story behind the infamous case of the "West Memphis 3" - three teenagers who were imprisoned for a heinous crime, despite overwhelming evidence of their innocence. Acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg chronicles their trial, conviction, and the subsequent investigation that generated the movement to prove their innocence, which involved everyone from grassroots supporters to celebrated artists and musicians.

REVIEWS West of Memphis - And the truth shall set you free

KING KONG (2005)
Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke, Jamie Bell, Lobo Chan and John Sumner. Directed by Peter Jackson.

REVIEWS King Kong - The sound and fury of Peter Jackson's epic on its 15th anniversary

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson.

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

REVIEWS The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring - 15 years on

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