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Smaug destroying Laketown in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

New this week The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 79 PG-13 Director Peter Jackson closes out his second Tolkien trilogy as title Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the Dwarfs he has been accompanying on a quest to retake the Lonely Mountain have unwittingly loosed the dragon Smaug on the folks who helped them along the way.

COMING ATTRACTIONS Northwest Arkansas

(opening dates are tentative) Big Eyes, PG-13 Christoph Waltz plays a supposed photographer who became a national celebrity in the 1950s by mass-producing and marketing prints of big-eyed kids. Turns out, however, that the real artist was his shy wife (Amy Adams). With Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp; directed by Tim Burton. Opens Thursday

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At area theaters 76 ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, PG Ed Oxenbould plays 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life, only to discover that it's also a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for his family (Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey). (81 minutes)

MovieStyle: What's next? The Silmarillion?

When Peter Jackson announced he planned to split J.R.R. Tolkien's relatively slim The Hobbit into a second trilogy (after the highly successful Lord of the Rings triptych), some people were skeptical.

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Sony pulls Interview after hackers threaten theaters

The fallout from the theft of computer data from Sony Pictures Entertainment that began four weeks ago expanded this week after the shadowy group calling itself Guardians of Peace escalated its attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence.

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25 films chosen for preservation registry

Saving Private Ryan and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

72nd Golden Globe nominees named

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Nominees for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

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Don't call it a Western

Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman is a pilgrimage

The Homesman is not a movie that fits comfortably into any established rubric; to call it a Western is to invite the disgust of its director/star Tommy Lee Jones, who (though he may well be the unhappiest thriving human being on the planet) actually has a point. No true artist condones the genrefication of his work.

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Arkansan makes movies look good

For more than two decades, Little Rock native and current Fayetteville resident Merideth Boswell has been working to make movies look better.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Alfred Hitchcock once asked "What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out?"

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Home Movies

Many predicted that Guardians of the Galaxy’s plan to revive long-dormant characters from Marvel Studios’ back catalog would be the kiss of death.

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Games hits third bull's-eye

LOS ANGELES -- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 stayed at No. 1 for the third weekend in a row in a traditionally slow weekend at the box office.

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Comet

Brightly written, the (essentially) two-character romantic comedy Comet has no difficulty exceeding the relatively low expectations a seasoned moviegoer is likely to hold for it.

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COMING ATTRACTIONS

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, PG-13 Director Peter Jackson closes out his second Tolkien trilogy as title Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the Dwarfs he has been accompanying on a quest to retake the Lonely Mountain have unwittingly loosed the dragon Smaug on the folks who helped them along the way.

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