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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

In JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth novels there is only one ring that counts. As it is written: “One ring to rule them all. One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.” Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged this one ruling ring, but we don’t have to go into that since this ring is only tangential in the first installment of Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of Tolkien’s 1937 novel, The Hobbit. Jackson, of course, is responsible for the three-part movie version of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was completed nine years ago.

The Other Son

Infants switched just after birth has been a comedic device since Shakespeare (Comedy of Errors), but Lorraine Levy’s purpose in using it in The Other Son is anything but comic. Its drama and narrative are set in motion by a blood test. Seventeen-year-old Joseph (Jules Sitruk), the son of an Israeli Army colonel, returns from a physical for his required army service with a blood type finding that it is different than his parents.

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