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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (12/17)
If nothing else, it's going to be interesting to see what The Hobbit Trilogy actually looks like when viewed as a whole. Is it really as bloated and unnecessary as many feel? Does it all come together satisfactorily when all is said and done? In many ways, the events of Battle feel like the reason why this "needed" to be a trilogy in the first place, but if you're not already sold on this series by now I don't know that another huge-scale action sequence is going to change your mind.
If ever a movie came pre-stamped as an Oscar Contender, this would be it: A biopic of Lou Zamperini, who rose from a troubled childhood as the son of Italian immigrants to become an Olympic athlete and WWII Air Force serviceman who survived not only being lost at sea but internment in a brutal Japanese POW camp... only to forgive his captors (in person!) a few years later (he had become a born again Christian) and begin a peacetime career as an inspirational speaker who died recently at 97 -- and it looks really good! All that alone would make it one-to-watch, but behind the camera? It's the second directorial feature from Angelina Jolie, with a screenplay by The Coen Bros. Might as well call it "Statue Magnet: The Movie."