New releases for Tuesday, March 24, include the final “Hobbit,” the movie musical “Into the Woods,” the near-musical “Song One,” the Angelina Jolie war drama “Unbroken” and the documentary”Antarctica.”
On Tuesday, March 24, fantasy (“The Hobbit,” “Into the Woods”) meets reality (“Unbroken”) on DVD. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
★★★½ “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (PG-13): The final installment of Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, says reviewer Mary Ann Gwinn, is “the best of the three ‘Hobbit’ movies, moving from an enjoyable action/battle movie with fantastic visuals into the realm of authentic tragedy.” Part 3 picks up where “The Desolation of Smaug” left off, with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) asking, “What have we done?” Find out as the dragon Smaug heads for a vengeful attack on Lake-town.
★★★ “Into the Woods” (PG): Rob Marshall’s movie musical takes us into a fairy-tale kingdom with, among others, a witch (Meryl Streep) trapped in a hideous curse; a beleaguered Cinderella (Anna Kendrick); two princes (Chris Pine, Billy Magnussen); a little girl in a red cape (Lilla Crawford); a wolf (Johnny Depp); and a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who yearn to have a child. It’s a big cast trying to make magic.
★★½ “Song One” (PG-13): This film deals with New York’s folk-music scene and what happens to a family after a traffic accident. It stars Mary Steenburgen, Anne Hathaway and Ben Rosenfield, playing most of his scenes in a coma.
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★★½ “Unbroken” (PG-13): Angelina Jolie’s drama tells the true tale of Louie Zamperini, a young World War II bombardier (and former Olympic runner) who survived 47 days at sea after his plane crashed and then two years in horrific Japanese prison camps.