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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

Forces come together to claim the riches that had been guarded by Smaug. Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy – noteworthy for the way Jackson has transformed the book into a visual feast and delivers the tentpole moments – ends with uninspired battles and muddled characters.

‘Into the Woods’

Fairytale characters come together in this musical from Stephen Sondheim, starring Meryl Streep. “Into the Woods” is a musical journey full of strong performances, a beautiful fairytale landscape and a story that is emotionally haunting.


Olympic athlete must face the ordeal of being held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.

Fresno Bee