The marathon conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy is, like its predecessors, a spectacle of the first order. The balance of its 210-minute running time is weighted in favor of breathtaking battle sequences, but THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001) and THE TWO TOWERS (2002) laid a firm foundation for the relationships that bind and divide the characters, and it's hard to imagine anyone going into this film without having seen its predecessors. As the story opens, the fellowship of humans and fantastic beings dedicated to ridding Middle Earth of the ring of power forged by the Dark Lord Sauron has been sundered. Human prince Bo...