This Week in Movies - 12/17/14

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.



Release date: December 19
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch

Like an insufferable mother-in-law, The Hobbit is back for another holiday season of the same old crap. When last we left Tolkien’s Middle-Earth tale, Bilbo Baggins (Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Armitage) and his band of Dwarves unleashed the mighty dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch) while attempting to smite him at the Lonely Mountain. In this final installment of The Hobbit series, the monster prepares to wreak havoc on Lake Town as Gandalf (McKellen) uncovers the true identity of the Necromancer (also Cumberbatch) and learns of his plot to attack the mountain with an army of Orcs.



Release date: December 19
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens

In this third and final film of the Night at the Museum series, American Museum of Natural History security guard Larry Daley (Stiller) discovers that the Tablet of Ahkmenrah – the Egyptian artifact that brings exhibits to life at night – is losing its magical powers. In an effort to save his friends, Larry rounds up Theodore Roosevelt (Williams), Jedediah (Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck) and the rest of the gang for an around-the-world adventure. Secret of the Tomb sadly marks Mickey Rooney’s final film performance, as well as Robin Williams’ second-to-last film performance.



Release date: December 19
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne

After 90 years, it’s still a hard knock life for little orphan Annie. Based on the 1924 comic strip that, in turn, became a smash-hit Broadway musical, Annie tells the story of a foster child – played by Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhane Wallis – who lives under the oppressive thumb of caretaker Miss Colleen Hannigan (Diaz). When a New York mayoral candidate named Will Stacks (Foxx) unofficially adopts Annie in hopes of appealing to voters, he grows unexpectedly fond of the little girl and her sunny disposition. Annie is co-produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay Z.


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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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