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It May Be Titled 'The Hobbit', But It's All About the Dragon

A shapeshifter, gigantic spiders, and a barrel-battle escape create exhilarating suspense in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but best of all is a deliciously devious incendiary beast.

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The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

Though her name is not a household one, Gaskell's willingness to take on some of the important social issues of the era make her an author deserving of wider exposure.

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No End in Sight (2007)

Charles Ferguson's smart, meticulous documentary No End in Sight explains the first year in Iraq in detail, at once alarming and dismal.

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood makes a quick anti-war comment, establishing right-on credentials for the benefit of the Islington classes, but doesn't pursue broader issues of taxation and social justice.

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