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Murder, death and evil permeate through the movies hitting theaters this week. Revenge plays a key role with many characters looking for answers. On a lighter side, a star-studded cast headlines a Disney film that puts a spin on a Hollywood classic.
A circus magician gets whisked away from Kansas and arrives in Oz, pretending to be the wizard the natives have been waiting for in Oz the Great and Powerful. The con man seems to have it made, beguiling everyone, that is until the three witches get in his way. James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff star in the PG film. The fantasy adventure plays for two hours and ten minutes. It’s available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.
Two people out for revenge create a destructive path in Dead Man Down. With retribution as a common thread, a crime boss’ assistant falls for one of his boss’ victims. The suspense thriller stars Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard. It runs for one hour and fifty-eight minutes. The film is rated R for sex, violence and language.
Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star in Emperor. The limited released drama is based on real events. Following the World War II surrender of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, General MacArthur is put in charge of the country and orders an expert in Japanese culture to get answers. The PG-13 film searches for the truth on whether or not the emperor of Japan ordered the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It runs for one hour and forty-six minutes.
Writer/director Michel Gondry’s latest, The We and I, tells the stories of a group of the Bronx, N.Y. high school students as they ride the public bus on the last day of the school year. Their trip reveals the relationships and goals of the teens as they prepare to leave their childhood behind. The unrated, one hour and forty-three minute drama is available in limited theaters.
Twenty-three years after a young girl on a bicycle goes missing and is eventually murdered, another girl disappears in the same spot in the crime thriller The Silence. Investigators still struggle to figure out who committed the initial crime and now hope to stop the criminal before he/she murders the new victim. The unrated film is running in limited theaters for one hour and fifty-eight minutes.
Over twenty-six versions of death are recreated in The ABCs of Death. The limited released film is set up into chapters, each created by different directors and associated with a different letter of the alphabet that represents a word that describes a form of death. The unrated horror film runs for two hours and three minutes.
Journey’s path to finding a new lead singer to replace Steve Perry is shown in Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey. Found on YouTube and plucked from the Philippines, this is the story of Arnel Pineda’s rise to fame and the rebirth of Journey. The unrated documentary is playing in limited theaters for one hour and forty-five minutes.
Matthew G. Lewis’s graphic novel is hitting the big screen as The Monk. Left at the doorstep of a monastery as a baby, Ambrosio grows up to be a highly respected Friar and preacher. His faith and morals are tested with the temptations brought on by a new apprentice. The one hour and forty-one minute suspense thriller is available in limited theaters. It’s rated R for violence, nudity and sex.
The thrillers that made their debut in theaters this week hope to keep people in suspense. The same can be said for what’s to come next week with the release of Halle Berry’s The Call. Hoping to get some laughs, beginning on March 8 is the magical comedy from Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
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