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1. Interstellar (Paramount)

2. Unbroken* (Universal)

3. Wild Card (Lionsgate)

4. Exodus: Gods and Kings (20th Century Fox)

5. Into the Woods (Disney)

6. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

7. Penguins of Madagascar (20th Century Fox)

8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* (Warner Bros.)

9. A Most Violent Year (Lionsgate)

10. Annie (Sony)

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1. Interstellar (Paramount)

2. Wild Card (Lionsgate)

3. Exodus: Gods and Kings* (20th Century Fox)

4. Into the Woods (Disney)

5. Penguins of Madagascar* (20th Century Fox)

6. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* (Warner Bros.)

8. Unbroken* (Universal)

9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (20th Century Fox)

10. The Imitation Game (Anchor Bay)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

Published in Video Top 10

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* (Warner Bros.)

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings* (20th Century Fox)

3. Unbroken* (Universal)

4. Into the Woods (Disney)

5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb* (20th Century Fox)

6. Big Hero 6 (Disney)

7. Penguins of Madagascar* (20th Century Fox)

8. Annie (Sony)

9. Horrible Bosses 2 (Warner Bros.)

10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Lionsgate)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

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And with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Hobbit movies mercifully come to an end.

No more stretching a one-hour story into three overly long films. No more Orlando Bloom making love to his stupid face with his own voice.

The third, much-unneeded chapter in Peter Jackson’s ill-begotten treatment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s wonderful novel is less an event than it is a final cash grab. If you must see it, don’t waste your money on high-frame-rate or IMAX options, because the result is a visual disaster. I stand by my guns: HFF technology is fine for the home theater, but it sucks balls on the big screen.

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is reduced to a supporting role (in a film named after his character!) after the dragon Smaug is slain. Five armies—including dwarves, orcs, elves and … uh, who gives a shit—start battling over the riches Smaug gathered, with a glowing stone being the final prize. Thorin (Richard Armitage), a dwarf leader, gets “dragon sickness,” and things get dumber from there.

It all amounts to a big nothing, with the charms that were present in Jackson’s masterful Lord of the Rings trilogy lost in a sea of special effects and terrible, terrible acting.

A few years back, I was championing Jackson’s efforts to get this made. When Guillermo del Toro bowed out as director, I saw it as a blessing, because Jackson would inevitably take over.

Boy, was I wrong.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is playing at theaters across the valley.

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