Final ‘Hobbit’ film is dwarfed by the others

December 16, 2014 3:07 AM

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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” takes us to a mystical land in the hills where an ill-tempered group of back-stabbing hairy dwarf-men are sitting on a huge hoard of gold. It’s much like Hollywood, only with Thorin Oakenshield instead of Scott Rudin.

Concluding the 18-hour, six-film opus with a period rather than an exclamation point, Peter Jackson’s last word on Middle Earth is sweeping (in a narrow way), imaginative (in a predictable way) and gripping (in a rote way). It’s adequately visionary, it’s routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and ...

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