'Hobbit' review | ★★★★
REVIEW: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” concludes Peter Jackson's film series in high gear, offering a level of nonstop tension and forward motion few other movies can equal. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars Updated Dec. 16, 2014
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies An IMAX 3D Experience HFR Updated Dec. 16, 2014
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A transplanted New Yorker’s bid to reconnect with Jewish culture led her to found a now-thriving theater company.
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