The second films of three are often the weak links, but not "The Desolation of Smaug." Sure, exposition is chunked into the first 20 minutes just to fill in the plot and references to "The Lord of the Rings" are forced. The second of this series is uneven but exciting.
Director Patrick McGrady's personal documentary "Wagner & Me" confronts a profound issue. How does British actor/writer Stephen Fry, entranced by Richard Wagner's superb music, reconcile his passionate love of that music with what he knows about Wagner's personal anti-Semitism and historical use, revered as Wagner was by Hitler and the Nazis.