OZ The Great and the Powerful (PG)
Oz The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the beloved wizard, who debuted in author L. Frank Baum's first book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This book inspired the classic The Wizard of Oz, the first movie to be filmed and screened in colour. Oz The Great and Powerful imagines the life of Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician, who is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. In Oz he believes he has found fame and fortune until he meets three witches. Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Stars: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff
Director Sam Raimi
The internationally-beloved musical based upon Victor Hugo's classic novel comes to the silver screen in this all-star adaptation directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper. Hugh Jackman stars as Jean Valjean, a convict jailed for a petty crime who upon leaving prison to find a new life is pursued by the obsessive policemen who arrested him. Valjean ultimately finds redemption and honour within politically torn 19th Century France. "Les Miserables" won three Academy Awards on including a win for Anne Hathaway for supporting actress. The film also won in the categories of sound mixing and make-up.
Stars Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter
Director Tom Hooper
The Guilt Trip (PG-13)
Andy Brewster is an inventor who lives in Los Angeles and is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce. After deciding to start his adventure with a quick visit at his mom's house, Andy is persuaded into bringing her along for the ride. Across 3,000 miles of ever-changing landscape, he is constantly aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize that their lives have more in common than he originally thought. His mother's advice might end up being exactly what he needs.
Stars Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, Colin Hanks, Adam Scott
Director Anne Fletcher
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Promised Land (R)
Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman whose job it is to close a rural town in his company's expansion plans. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objections of key local people. Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge. The movie was written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski.
Stars Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook
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Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13)
Bryan Singer re-imagines the "Jack and the Beanstalk" legend in this epic action twist on a classic tale. When a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants, an ancient war is reignited. Unleashed upon the Earth, the marauding giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a princess, of course, he comes face to face with the legendary goliaths and, in the process, become a legend himself.
Stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor
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Side Effects (R)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, a rare talent who turn a screenplay into an intelligent and intriguing Movie and Side Effects is exactly that. This is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) intended to treat anxiety has unexpected side effects.
Stars Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Steven Soderbergh
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