January 21, 2014
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second installment in Peter Jackson’s new trilogy, features “Lord of the Rings” alum Orlando Bloom reprising his role as Legolas, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, in addition to the returning cast from the first Hobbit movie. The plot revolves around a hobbit recruited to help 13 dwarves on a quest to take back their home, which has been seized by a monstrous dragon. Filled with intense drama and laughs all around, the movie is very enjoyable and keeps audience members on the edges of their seats.
‘High Hopes,’ by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album doesn’t disappoint. Springsteen, accompanied by the E Street Band, draws inspiration from various artists, including his new muse, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, who “pushed the rest of this project to another level,” Springsteen said. Its eclectic track list has something for everyone, and critics have mixed, but generally positive reviews of the artist who was once described as the essence of rock and roll’s future.