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Final installment of ‘Hobbit’ trilogy in Bellingham theaters this weekend

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Richard Armitage appears in a scene from "The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies."
In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Richard Armitage appears in a scene from "The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies." AP

OPENING THIS WEEK

Annie

PG, some mild language and rude humor; 118 minutes. Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis put a new, hipper spin on the classic tale of the little orphan girl, who this time meets a cell phone millionaire planning to run for mayor of New York and who thinks having Annie along for the ride will help him with voters in the Big Apple. Wallis, Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale.

* * 1/2 Even with all this sparkle, the film staggers through its third act. By then, the script has rubbed the rough edges off the villains and made whatever point it was going to make several times over. But it’s nice to see “Annie” find life beyond the bright red dress, the curly red wigs and generations of stage moms shoving their little darlings into the spotlight. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 10:30 a.m (Sat-Sun), 12:20, 3:10, 6:40, 9


Awake: The Life of Yogananda

PG; 87 minutes. Documentary follows the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, who introduced meditation and yoga to the Western world and inspired millions of people, including George Harrison, Steve Jobs and others.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 2:15 (Tue), 5 (Sun), 6 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu)


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

PG-13, fantasy action, violence and frightening images; 144 minutes. Peter Jackson’s final installment of the Hobbit saga finds Bilbo Baggins and his friends and allies at Laketown, battling the fire-breathing dragon Smaug and the legions of Orcs unleashed by Sauron, with the lure of gold and other riches threatening to destroy their united efforts. Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage.

* * * *  “The Battle of the Five Armies” is a roaring blockbuster of a war movie, that manages to be great thrills and totally ridiculous fun at the same time. — STAR TRIBUNE (Minneapolis)

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:50, 5:20, 8:50

IMAX: 12, 3:30, 7, 10:15 (Sun), 10:20 (Fri-Sat)

3D: 10:30 a.m. (Sat-Sun), 1, 4:20, 7:40, 10:50 (Fri-Sat)

RPX: 11:20 a.m., 6:20

RPX 3D: 2:50, 9:40


The King and the Mockingbird

Not rated; 85 minutes. Director Paul Grimault’s animated film, started in 1947 and not finished due to legal issues until 1979, is based on a Hans Christian Anerson story about a chimney sweep and a shepherdess on the run from a maniacal king. The hand-rendered film is noted for its beauty and its biting satire.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4:15 (Wed-Thu)


L’elisir d’amore (Royal Opera House)

Not rated; 165 minutes. Donizetti’s famed opera is set in the 1950s in this Royal Opera’s production about the love of Nemorino for Adina, with a wide cast of colorful characters inhabiting the sun-drenched Italian countryside.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 7 (Tue)


Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

PG, mild action, some rude humor, brief language; 97 minutes. Larry the museum’s night watchman returns to rescue the exhibits, who are losing their after-dark/after-lives because of the failing powers of an Egyptian tablet. Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervaisk Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley.

* 1/2 Minor moments of slapstick may tickle the kids, but anybody older, especially those who remember what Williams was like in his prime and how funny Stiller was just tow “Museums” movies ago, will wish this tomb had stayed sealed. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11:05 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1:40, 2:20, 4:30, 5:10, 7:20, 8, 9:10, 9:55

Sun: 11:05 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 3, 4:30, 5:05, 7:20, 7:50, 9:15, 9:55


The Nutcracker (Vienna State Ballet)

Not rated; 102 minutes. Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday classic is choreographed by Rudolph Nureyev and stars Liudmila Konovalova as Clara and Vladimir Shishov as Drosselmeier and The Prince.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 3:45 (Sat)


Princess Mononoke

PG-13, images of violence and gore; 134 minutes. Miyazaki’s animated film looks at the impact of man’s need to exploit the natural world that is both beautiful and fragile. Dubbed version voices include Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thorton, Jada Pinkett Smith.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: Dubbed: 1:30 (Sun), 4 (Sat)

Subtitled: 7:15 (Sun)


Top Five

R, strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout, some drug use; 101 minutes. A stand-up comic promotes a new movie he has made after of a series of career-damaging events and agrees to an interview with a reporter who links him to her life as a single mom. Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Unison, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Jerry Seinfeld, Tracy Morgan.

* * 1/2 The title refers to that common currency of pop culture, your “top five” hip artists a question everybody in the film can answer - definitively - from Rock to and Dawson to Seinfeld. With “Top “Five,” Rock, at 49, has at long last made a movie that will top any list of the five best Chris Rock movies from here on out. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:25


Wild

R, sexual content, nudity, drug use, language; 115 minutes. A woman who has seen her life fall to pieces through a series of poor personal choices goes on a self-imposed spiritual quest, a trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Gaby Hoffmann.

* * * 1/2 Witherspoon, dressed down and bloodied up on the trail, nude and wasted in many of the flashbacks, wholly commits to this quest and makes the psychological journey work in concert with the physical one. When Cheryl walks out on a counselor, we get what she means when she suggest there is no “talking” cure for what ails her. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11:10 a.m., 2, 4:50, 7:50, 9:35

Sun: 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:50, 7:45, 9:35

ONGOING

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

PG, mild thematic elements, language; 91 minutes. Filmmaker Anthony Powell films life on the frozen continent, filming the scientific research done during the relatively warmer summer and the long, cold and dark winters, when the population falls to 700 and the weather is dangerously frigid.

“Antarctica” is successful because it operates on two complementary levels, the epic visuals whose grandeur can stagger you and the small-scale personal stories of the people who live and work down there. — LOS ANGELES TIMES

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12 (Tue), 2:40 (Sun), 3:40 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu)


Big Hero 6

PG, action and peril, some rude humor, thematic elements; 92 minutes. A young, brilliant genius uses the marshmallow-like robot created by his brother to find out if the brother was murdered and by who. Voiced by Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Maya Rudolph, Genesis Rodriguez.

* * *  “Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation’s lovely and sometimes touching attempt to do anime with computer-generated animation. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 10:20 (Sun), 10:30 (Fri-Sat)


Birdman

R, language throughout, some sexual content, brief violence; 119 minutes. A down-on-his luck actor throws everything he has into a planned Broadway production to regain his former fame. Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis.

* * * *  Serious and silly, self-aware and ironic, it’s the movie that questions stardom, fame and celebrity, built around a role Michael Keaton had to become a has-been to play. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1:15 (Sat), 1:30 (Wed), 1:45 (Sun), 3:45 (Fri, Mon), 4:15 (Tue), 4:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri, Mon, Wed), 7:15 (Sat), 9:15 (Fri, Mon-Tue, Thu), 10 (Sat)


Dear White People

R, language, sexual content, drug use; 108 minutes. A young black woman at a Ivy League-like university hosts a campus radio show that takes aim at both white and black students at the school and their attitudes and interactions with each other. Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyohan Parris, Dennis Haysbert, Brandon P. Bell.

* * *  “Satire is the weapon of reason” is the punch line to writer-director Justin Simien’s flip and hip satire. Here’s a race-based/race-baiting comedy that tackles issues of identity and sensitivity head on, a debut film that brashly borrows from a few early Spike Lee movies and updates them in a story of a college campus where somebody figures “Unleash You Inner Negro” is a good idea for a white frat house Halloween party. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:05 (Sun), 1 (Wed), 1:05 (Sat), 4:25 (Tue), 7:15 (Sun), 8:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Thu)


Exodus: Gods and Kings

PG-13, violence, including battle sequences and intense images; 150 minutes. Director Ridley Scott retells the story of Moses, from his life as a companion to the pharaoh’s son to his exile when he is found to be a Jew and finally his efforts to free his people from the slavery the Egyptians have forced upon them and the trip into the wilderness as they again search for their homeland. Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Isaac Andrews.

* * *  For all its stunning and stark wilderness settings, its stunning effects, technical proficiency and scriptural cleverness, “Exodus” is a chilly affair - a Biblical epic lacking even a stab at preaching or inspiring. ... It’s still an exciting, entertaining epic. But those hoping for a sermon might feel let down. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:20, 4:40, 8:10

3D: 11:15 a.m., 2:40, 6, 9:25


The Homesman

R, violence, sexual content, some disturbing behavior, nudity; 122 minutes. A woman living on her own in remote Nebraska in the 1850s takes on the task of escorting three farm wives suffering mental problems from the stress of living in the prairie to the Missouri River, where they can be sent back east to their families. Hillary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones, Miranda Otto, John Lithgow, Meryl Streep.

* * * 1/2 “Homesman” is a quest parable set in a flat world of browns and greys, where spying that first cottonwood is enough to make Mary pause and marvel at just seeing a tree. (Director Tommy Lee) Jones takes exceptional care documenting this world — the sod houses with their leaky-walls and dirt floors, livestock prone to death by starvation, freezing or diseases the poor homesteaders had no clue how to cure. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:45 (Sat, Wed), 3:30 (Fri, Mon-Thu,), 4:30 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 7:30 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Thu)


Horrible Bosses 2

R, strong crude sexual content, language throughout; 108 minutes. Nick, Kurt and Dale come up with a plan to kidnap the son of a home shopping mogul who is attempting to undercut the new business the three of them of created. Jason Bateman, Chris Pine, Jason Sudeikis, Jamies Foxx, Jennifer Anniston, Christoph Waltz.

* *  Your enjoyment of “Horrible Bosses 2” is almost wholly dependent on your tolerance for clusters of funny actors, babbling, riffing and in the case of Charlie Day, screeching, all at once. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11 a.m. (Fri-Sat), 10:30 (Sun), 11 (Fri-Sat)


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

PG-13, vilence, distrubing images; 125 minutes. Katniss Everdeen returns, fighting the destruction brought to the districts by President Snow and the propaganda spread by both Snow and District President Alma Coin. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsword, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore.

* * *  “In these moments (Jennifer) Lawrence shires. It’s a rare actor who can show so much rage, hate, pain and hope in a single look. But she does. — THE FRESNO BEE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:30 (Sun), 10:40 (Fri-Sat)


Interstellar

PG-13, some intense perilous action, brief strong language; 169 minutes. In the near future, with the climate of the Earth destroyed, a former NASA test pilot is recruited to lead a crew on a space flight to find a new world where humans can live. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine.

* * * 1/2 Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is the most ambitious science fiction film, maybe ever and certainly since “2001: A Space Odyssey.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:30 a.m., 3:15, 6:50, 10:05


Penguins of Madagascar

PG, mild action, some rude humor; 92 minutes. Private, a new member of the Madagascar penguin team, seeks out a way he can become “a meaningful and valued member of the team” as he takes on octopus supervillian Dave. Voiced by Tom McGrath, John Malkovich, Chris MIller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Stormare, Werner Herzog.

* * *  Whatever this little nothing of a cartoon comedy lacks — decent female characters, an original villain — the bottom line from this bottom-heavy brotherhood from the bottom of the world? They’re still cute, still cuddly, still as funny as a ninja penguin could ever be. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 10:50 a.m. (Sat-Sun), 1:30 (Fri-Sat), 1:45 (Sun), 3:50 (Fri-Sat), 4:05 (Sun), 6:10 (Fri-Sat), 6:35 (Sun), 8:30 (Fri-Sat), 8:55 (Sun)


Skylight (National Theatre)

Not rated; 120 minutes. A school teacher gets an unexpected visit from her former lover, a charismatic restaurant owner whose wife has recently died. The two attempt to rekindle their passionate relationship only to find themselves battling over opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Billy Nighy, Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)


The Theory of Everything

PG-13, some thematic elements, suggestive material; 133 minutes. Film follows the early life of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking as a young man at Cambridge, learning how to focus and control his mind while dealing with the onset of Lou Gehrig’s Disease while at the same time meeting and courting a charming young woman who is also a student at Cambridge. Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay.

* * * 1/2 A great performance makes us forget the actor and see only their creation. That’s what happens in “The Theory of Everything.” We forget Eddie Redmayne’s meticulous efforts to recreat the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, a great thinker trapped in a contorted, crumbling body. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:10, 3 (Fri-Sat), 6:05, 10

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