Saving Desolation (Weekly Links)

Ian McKellen, Gandalfing again: The Desolation of Smaug.

Ian McKellen, Gandalfing again: The Desolation of Smaug.

Links to reviews I wrote this week for the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. “Dialed back on the funhouse action just a bit – although one zany escape sequence involving dwarfs riding barrels down a rushing river is a glorious blend of Chuck Jones-style cartoony gags and Steven Spielberg’s dream of a Wild Waves park.”

Saving Mr. Banks. “You had me at ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite.'”

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? “Which honor is more likely to make you the star of a movie: being voted People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ or Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Leading Global Intellectual’?”

Sunday, Dec. 15, I’ll introduce a screening of Lotte Reininger’s Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), a free screening in the Frye Art Museum’s Magic Lantern series. That’s at 2 p.m.; more info here.

Thursday, Dec. 19, join us for the ninth annual Critics Wrap, an occasion for Seattle film critics to gather and sift through the best and worst of Movie Year 2013. I will moderate our panelists Kathleen Murphy, Jim Emerson, and Andrew Wright. The evening begins at the Frye Art Museum at 7 p.m.; it’s free; and there’s more info here.

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