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Movies opening this week: ‘Annie,’ ‘Museum,’ ‘Wild,’ ‘Hobbit’

Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) gets to know her dog, Sandy.
Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) gets to know her dog, Sandy. Columbia Pictures

‘Annie’

Opens at 6 p.m. Thursday

Five words: “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” You’re humming it already, aren’t you? Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” stars in this remake of the beloved musical. This version features Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks (that’s 2014-speak for Daddy Warbucks), a New York City mayoral candidate who takes in the orphan as a way to butter up his constituents. Rated PG | Time: 1:59

‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’

Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday

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 as Teddy Roosevelt) come to life when no one is looking. This time, Natural History Museum security guard Larry Daley (Stiller) must travel to the British Museum in London to ensure that whatever magic brings his exhibits to life continues to work. Rated PG | Time: 1:38

‘Wild’

Opens Friday

Reese Witherspoon is still the front-runner — or front-trekker — in the best actress awards race. She plays Cheryl Strayed in the adaptation of her best-selling memoir about a 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, trying to right a life that has gone woefully wrong. From the director of “Dallas Buyers Club.” Rated R | Time: 1:55

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’

Opened Monday

Martin Freeman is the furry-footed hero in Peter Jackson’s final J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation, leading the Company of Thorin out of the Lonely Mountain and into an epic dustup with Orcs, elves, dwarfs and men. Pass the pipe, Master Baggins, we must celebrate forthwith! (Find the review on KansasCity.com/entertainment.) Rated PG-13 | Time: 2:30

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