This is going to be the start of a new series from me about new movies every week. This happens to be a thin week however, with only one really big one coming out. Luckily it’s one I want to see so much! I’ll list movies that are relatively new at the end in case you missed them the first time.

Oz The Great and Powerful

Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff
Director: Sam Raimi
Format: IMAX 3D, 3D, and normal
Rating: PG

Summary: Based loosely on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. This movie has no actual connection to the original film, although in terms of plot it can be considered a prequel. Oscar (Franco) is a hack circus magician in Kansas. He wants to show off in his hot air balloon but a tornado takes him into the land of Oz. He’s hailed as a great wizard foretold in prophecy, and he thinks he finally has the fame and fortune he deserves. Things may not be as perfect as he thinks, however, since there are three witches he has to contend with. They have real magic and they’re not nearly as impressed as the awed people who fall at his feet. These witches will eventually become who we know as the Wicked Witch of the East, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch. For now I’ll refer to them as Glinda (Michelle Williams), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Theodora (Mila Kunis). The reviews so far are positive, and I think it looks great. I love the cast, and what they’ve shown us so far about the world of Oz looks beautiful and mysterious all at once. This might be one of the first big blockbusters of the year. It’s PG so that means kid approved, with maybe a few scary elements parents want to watch out for. If this is a success, my musical-loving heart dreams it could be the pathway to turning Wicked into a feature film.

Dead Man Down

Starring: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, and Dominic Cooper.
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Rating: R

Summary: This seems to be a crime thriller of sorts, a tale about revenge. Victor (Colin Farrell) is trying to get vengeance against Alphonse (Terrence Howard) for ruining his life. At the same time, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) is looking for vengeance of her own, so she blackmails Victor into helping her do it. Honestly I know very little about this movie outside of the trailer and what little description they’ve offered. There’s no reviews out yet about it, so I don’t know the score either. Niels Arden Oplev was the director of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo too, so I assume this is probably a dark and gritty crime movie. For adults who aren’t interested in Oz, this is probably the alternative. I personally plan on skipping it, although I love the cast.

In case you missed it last week, the following movies came out: Jack the Giant Slayer, a fantasy adventure based on Jack and the Beanstalk. Mediocre reviews at best have turned this into not the hit they were hoping for. I have my own review here. Surprisingly violent at times for kids, since giants like to eat humans, but entertaining enough. Also out is The Last Exorcism Part II, a horror flick that should realize when you say the last, you mean the last, not cut into multiple parts. Isn’t it time for that series to end? Don’t beat a dead horse. Let this part be the literal last. 21 and Over is basically The Hangover for a younger audience. Two college age guys convince their goody two shoe friend to take a chance and go wild for his 21st birthday. Much comedy and silliness comes afterward.

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