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Film Review: Too-Long ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Delivers on Intimate, Hand-to-Hand Combat

10 hours ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Though he’s never been called it before in scientific speak, I’m saying it now: Peter Jackson is a master of mitosis. He’s one of Hollywood’s best in splitting up the cinematic cellular DNA of one story into three because, apparently, he can’t do epics unless they’re in groups of three.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

After directing a previous trio of precious ring-obsessed films one year apart, Jackson’s back with another threesome. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” released in 2001, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” in 2002 and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003. Now we have his “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 2012, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in 2013 and the current “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opened in theatres everywhere today.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit” is only 320 pages long. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Second Opinion – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 2014.

Directed by Peter Jackson.

Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangaline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Synopsis:

Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves have reclaimed the mountain of Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug and must now struggle to protect the treasure they fought to recover. Dwarves, Elves and Men must put aside their differences when faced with a dangerous common enemy.

Criticized heavily for being broken up into three films – all well over two hours – The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies actually succeeds in justifying that decision. The problem is that three »

- Robert Kojder

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – The Review

16 December 2014 10:39 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

And so another holiday tradition comes to a close. Thirteen years ago (naw, can’t be!), Peter Jackson delivered the first of a Christmas-time trilogy with the inaugural entry of the Jrr Tolkien trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. Two years later he closed it out with The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, and after reaping a bounty of gold a few months later at Oscar time, he bid adieu to Middle Earth. But after a couple of features, the siren call of the wizards and elves drew him back for, not a sequel, but a prequel. The film rights to this earlier Tolkien work was finally untangled from a legal web , one tougher than those weaved by fearsome giant spiders. After the intended director moved on, Jackson was back on board, creating three new films from the singular novel. 2012 saw »

- Jim Batts

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New Hobbit 3,Battle Of The Five Armies IMAX Featurette Movie Clip Released

16 December 2014 2:09 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Line Cinema recently dropped this new IMAX featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies" action/adventure/fantasy flick, and it features a ton of new, cool scenes from the movie, along with short interview clips with some of the castmembers. They talk about how they'll miss working with each other as the series comes to an end. They also talk about the beautiful IMAX experience and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. In the new flick, »

- Eric

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Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

16 December 2014 12:21 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we embark on our final trip to Middle-earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the folks at Screen Junkies have turned their attention to its predecessor, releasing an Honest Trailer for last year’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; check it out here…

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out now in the UK and opens in the States on Friday, with a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner. »

- Gary Collinson

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Leaving Middle-earth IMAX featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

16 December 2014 8:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which sees the cast and crew sharing their memories of Middle-earth; check it out below…

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, »

- Gary Collinson

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SNL teams up with Martin Freeman for The Office and The Hobbit mash-up

14 December 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After the recent UK release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the upcoming U.S. release scheduled for next Friday, SNL have put together a sketch which sees cult classic The Office meeting the much loved fantasy world of Middle-earth.

The sketch aired as Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Fargo, The Office and Sherlock) hosted the regular Saturday night show. It features Freeman reprising the orginal role of Tim Canterbury mixed with Bilbo Baggins, along with a variety of other Middle-earth characters reliving some of the best Office moments.  The sketch features appearences from Tolkien favourites like Gandalf, Gollem and Legolas amongst others.

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

You can watch the reimagined mash-up in the player below…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out now in the UK and opens on Friday in the States, »

- Alfie Nobes

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Final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

11 December 2014 12:26 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thought you’d seen the last trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies before its UK release tomorrow? Well think again…

On the eve of our final trip to Middle-earth under director Peter Jackson, a final trailer for the defining chapter of the director’s Hobbit trilogy has arrived online, and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices »

- Gary Collinson

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Composers Scale Up Scores for Epic Projects

10 December 2014 11:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in the days of “Ben-Hur” and “The Ten Commandments,” a widescreen epic was expected to be accompanied by a lavish symphonic score and, just as often, a heavenly choir.

Is that still true for today’s epics, with all the trappings from extensive CGI and 3D to 7.1 Dolby Atmos Surround sound?

Yes, for the most part, say the composers of historical, religious and fantasy films including “Noah,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” along with the author of a new book on the subject.

“Big, massed orchestral sounds, alternating with very nuanced, soloistic use of strings and winds. That’s what comes into my ear when I think of the epic style,” says Stephen C. Meyer, author of “Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films,” which examines the music of such classics as “Quo Vadis,” “The Robe” and “Ben-Hur.”

Clint Mansell, »

- Jon Burlingame

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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' (2014) Movie Review

9 December 2014 12:03 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After two movies totaling five-and-a-half-hours (over six hours for the extended versions) the end has finally arrived as not one, not two, not three, not even four armies will do battle in the so-called "defining chapter" of Peter Jackson's Hobbit series. This is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and if you don't expect to wonder when the so-called fifth army will arrive to lend its steel to the bloodless carnage throughout the entire movie, guess again. Dwarves, orcs, man, elves, goblin mercenaries and more orcs from the land of Gobbledeegoo come to do battle outside the gates of Erebor, lorded over by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves, reclaiming what belonged to them from the dragon Smaug. This leaves Smaug none too please, causing him to redirect his anger and frustration at the people of Laketown before he's eventually defeated by Bard (Luke Evans »

- Brad Brevet

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

7 December 2014 3:26 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – To celebrate the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in cinemas, HollywoodChicago.com, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema are giving away 30 pairs of advance-screening passes to the highly anticipated “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”!

The film is the final installment of the “The Hobbit” trilogy.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opens on Dec. 17, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner from director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens based on the novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

To win “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Completing Middle-earth featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

5 December 2014 2:44 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a week to go until its release, a new six-and-a-half minute featurette for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies entitled ‘Completing Middle-earth’, which sees director Peter Jackson and the cast and crew discussing the epic conclusion to Jackson’s time in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. »

- Gary Collinson

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New images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

3 December 2014 1:48 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just over a week to go until its release, we’ve got a batch of new images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final chapter in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy…

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has »

- Gary Collinson

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Two clips from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2 December 2014 2:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its world premiere in London last night, two clips have arrived online for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and you can check them out right here after the official synopsis…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent »

- Gary Collinson

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Premiere Report

2 December 2014 2:05 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Last night, the world premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies took place in London's Leicester Square, and as you'd expect, fans were out in their hordes: some dressed as Smaug, others as Bilbo, a few as J.R.R. Tolkien obsessives (perhaps the best outfit of the lot).Almost every member of the cast that you could think of was there, from Luke Evans to Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman to Benedict Cumberbatch, with one notable absence being Billy Connolly, who presumably was replaced by a CG Scottish comedian at the last moment. To check who make it and who didn't, have a flick through our gallery below.If you prefer moving images to still ones, here is a better taste of what it was like at the premiere last night, thanks to our handy video report below.  brightcove.createExperiences();Of course, it's our final Hobbit-led issue this month, »

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Film Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

1 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This is the way “The Hobbit” ends: not with a whimper, but with an epic battle royale. True to its subtitle, “The Battle of the Five Armies” (revised from the initially more pacific “There and Back Again”), the final installment of Peter Jackson’s distended “Lord of the Rings” prequel offers more barbarians at the gate than you can shake an Elven sword at, each vying for control of mountainous Erebor. The result is at once the trilogy’s most engrossing episode, its most expeditious (at a comparatively lean 144 minutes) and also its darkest — both visually and in terms of the forces that stir in the hearts of men, dwarves and orcs alike. Only fans need apply, but judging from past precedent, there are more than enough of them to ensure that “Battle” walks off with the dragon’s share of the upcoming holiday-season box office.

“Third time pays for all, »

- Scott Foundas

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6 New 'Hobbit 3' Photos Reveal Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot

1 December 2014 12:05 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the new photos released last week, Warner Bros. has unleashed six more images from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Five of photos feature Thranduil (Lee Pace), Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Azog (Manu Bennett) and our first look at dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot (Billy Connolly) atop his "battle-pig." The final image is a group shot featuring a number of characters such as Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Balin (Ken Stott), Bifur (William Kircher), Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Fili (Dean O'Gorman), Kili (Aidan Turner), Oin (John Callen), Gloin (Peter Hambleton), Nori (Jed Brophy), Dori (Mark Hadlow) and Ori (Adam Brown).

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, Bilbo and his Company of Dwarves have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin »

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Five new images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

1 December 2014 11:36 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Conincing with its world premiere tonight in London’s Leicester Square, five new images have arrived online from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, director Peter Jackson’s epic conclusion to his Hobbit trilogy; check them out here…

See Also: Legacy trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. »

- Gary Collinson

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Three new images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

27 November 2014 11:48 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to Empire we’ve got a trio of new images from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, two of which see Smaug unleashing his fiery fury upon Lake-town, and the other showing Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) battling a horde of Orcs. Check them out…

See Also: Legacy trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit »

- Gary Collinson

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Legacy trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

26 November 2014 9:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we gear up for our final trip to Middle-earth with Peter Jackson, a new ‘Legacy’ trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived online, which brings together footage from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, along with the two previous Hobbit movies and the upcoming final chapter. Check it out below…

See Also: New look at Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard »

- Gary Collinson

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