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'The Hobbit' and Other Little People Movies, From Least to Most Belittling

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros.

"The Hobbit" hits theaters this Friday and besides all the hobbits, orcs, elves, humans, dragons and Gollums, there's also a group of sturdy folk who form the backbone of the movie: Dwarves.

This isn't the first time dwarves have been portrayed in film, of course — and it's not the first time that little people have been played on screen by regular-sized folks, either. But "The Hobbit," with its band of stout and heroic dwarven heroes, is undoubtedly one of the most prominent portrayals of little people in Hollywood's long and checkered history. Get More »

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The Best Time Travel Logic in Time Travel Movies ... of all Time


Later this week (or is it earlier next week?) you'll be able to catch the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Bruce Willis time travel adventure "Looper." I, on the other hand, have already seen it. Not because I've journeyed to the future, but because I've been to Canada (which is really, really not the same) and saw its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

As I wrote in my review for NextMovie's Mirror Universe site (and we'll be talking about parallel dimensions another day) "in an age where filmmakers are more likely to shrug and suggest you simply embrace mystery, writer-director Rian Johnson draws a line in the sand and says 'no.'" There's a great moment when Bruce Willis says to his younger self that he doesn't want to start discussing the nitty gritty of time travel lest they start making diagrams on the table with straws. However, "Looper"'s great win is that it doesn't have to tell you how it works, it shows you. Get More »

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50 Upcoming Movie Remakes (Yep, 50!)

Dirty Dancing
Vestron Pictures

Whenever a movie studio announces plans for another remake, the reaction among fans and pundits is always the same: Hollywood doesn't have any new ideas.

But we like to look on the bright side of things, which is why we're so happy when we hear of a cool remake or reboot. Hey, who needs new ideas when there are already so many great old ideas waiting to be rediscovered?

With that in mind, we've compiled a list of 50 — that's right, 50! — upcoming Hollywood remakes that tickle our fancy. Because if these films were good the first time, you never know, you might just enjoy them even more the second time around. Get More »

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Queue It Up: 'Time Bandits' on Blu-ray

Time Bandits Blu-ray

Terry Gilliam's 1981 film "Time Bandits" has become a timeless fantasy story that fits nicely alongside similar films of the period like "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth" and "The NeverEnding Story."

Written by Gilliam and fellow "Monty Python" alumnus Michael Palin, "Time Bandits" is probably the least accessible of the '80s fantasy foursome with its quirky British humor and Gilliam's surprisingly dark ending. Get More »

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