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'Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' a flawed finale, reviews say
'Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' a flawed finale, reviews say

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" marks the end of a long journey for Bilbo Baggins — and the end (presumably) of an even longer journey for "Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, who has spent six films in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. According to reviews, "Five Armies" is a flawed but fitting finale to the "Hobbit" trilogy, sharing many of its predecessors' faults but also wrapping things up with some rousing spectacle. The Times' Betsy Sharkey is among the critics who say the film is unwieldy. She writes, "Five armies are too many. Within minutes of the first assault, 'The...

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