What’s opening in theaters this week

Above, a scene from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

Above, a scene from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

Opening Wednesday
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG-13): If you managed to slog through the first two installments of Peter Jackson’s bloated trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, you’ll be happy to know this one pays off big-time – a relentless thrill ride.

Opening Friday
Annie (PG): The venerable Broadway smash gets a reinvention, with Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) taking over as the adorable moppet being raised by a mean foster mom (Cameron Diaz). Jamie Foxx plays the tycoon who takes an interest in improving the girl’s life.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG): Ben Stiller and director Shawn Levy try to wring a few more bucks out of the popular franchise about a museum where the exhibits (including the late Robin Williams) come to life when no one is looking.

Foxcatcher (R): A near-unrecognizable Steve Carell sets the funny stuff aside for this disturbing, fact-based story about John du Pont, the millionaire who decided to sponsor a wrestler (Channing Tatum) for the 1988 Olympics, with tragic results.

Wild (R): Reese Witherspoon stars for director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) in this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir about a woman who embarks on a 1,100-mile hike by herself.

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