In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' 'Annie' and More
Also see what THR's critics are saying about the Ben Stiller family film 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and biopic 'Mr. Turner'
Warriors from Middle-earth, a singing orphan and an in-over-his-head security guard are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Annie and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office).
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Director Peter Jackson's third film in the Hobbit series focuses on Bilbo facing off against groups of antagonists in an effort to save Middle-earth. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage star. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes in his review that the film "may be the most purely entertaining of any in the collection."
This adaptation of the stage musical stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhane Wallis in the story of a foster kid who bonds with a business mogul. Will Gluck (Friends With Benefits) directed. "Every ounce of charm has been pulverized out of the musical," writes THR film critic David Rooney. Read his full review here.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Rebel Wilson star in director Shawn Levy's third installment of the family-friendly trilogy about a security guard who has to again save his reanimated friends. According to THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen's review, "The franchise is seriously showing its age with what is purported to be its final installment."
The life of British painter J.M.W. Turner is explored in the film from director Mike Leigh. Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson and Marion Bailey star. THR film critic Leslie Felperin writes in her review that the film "manages to illuminate that nexus between biography and art with elegant understatement," and it is "anchored by a masterful performance by Timothy Spall in a role he was born to play."
Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff and Titus Welliver star in director Greg Francis' crime film about a cop who relies on recollections of his police-officer poker games when he is locked in a basement by a dangerous criminal. "Poker Night ultimately deals a losing hand," according to THR film critic Frank Scheck's review.