The end is near, at least for our friends in Middle Earth and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Peter Jackson's final Hobbit movie has arrived and it is not alone in this weekend before Christmas.
Also landing in cinemas is another third chapter in a movie franchise, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the musical remake of Annie.
Let's break it down...
The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies: Sure, maybe Jackson did not need to turn JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit into three movies. But, what he did do is allow us to visit Middle Earth again and that is something that is always glorious. The journey of Bilbo comes to a close in this final chapter and the director was right, those final 45 minutes give us a battle scene the likes of which we've never seen.
Fans of the series will surely be giddy with joy with this final installment, and the way it creates a bridge to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings is a stroke of brilliance. For more, check out our The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review.
Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb: Ben Stiller is back as the leader of the museum residents who come to life when the sun goes down. This time out, the tablet that makes them all come alive is waning in its power. To find out why, the gang must go to England to the British Museum and discover the source of its power.
Going to England is a stroke of genius for this film's third chapter as it gives us several things that make this movie: Rebel Wilson as a fellow museum guard, who absolutely kills it, Ben Kingsley as an Egyptian leader who holds the secret to the tomb and Dan Stevens as a come-to-life Sir Lancelot. Stevens is astounding and reminds us once again why he has quickly become one of our favorite actors. As our Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb review reported, fans of this series will love it -- others might not so much.
Annie: Musicals get remade all the time on Broadway and with touring productions, so why not on the big screen? Annie was a sensation when it came out in movie theaters 30 years ago and if there is a musical ripe for a movie remake it is this one.
As our Annie review stated, although the film is about the little orphan Annie, the star is really Jamie Foxx. If there was an actor custom-made for a big screen musical, it is him. He makes this thing worth it.