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In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from the film, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Mark Pokorny)

‘Five Armies’ a long close to an ‘endless’ Hobbit trilogy

At 144 minutes, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is the shortest of director Peter Jackson’s six Middle Earth movies yet, and yet it still feels endless. The finale to a trilogy at least two films too long, it plays like an extended third act that lacks the traditional rhythms of a feature film. It’s exhausting and interminable, a big-budget, high-fantasy slog that will test the patience and endurance of even the most devoted fans of the source material.

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In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from "The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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