Holiday Movie Preview: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

STARRING: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis (voice of Gollum) DIRECTED BY: Peter Jackson

Now where were we? Oh--right here! Like a parent reading his kids their favorite story, Peter Jackson begins the second enthrallment in his version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy just about where The Fellowship of the Ring left off. It's a literal cliff-hanger: the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) clinging to a precipice and falling--to his doom? And now, on with the story.

The Two Towers clarifies Jackson's vision that the end result will be not three films but a single majestic nine-hour artifact--one likely to become the supreme film adventure of our time. Towers, while not quite...

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