Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

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A prequel to L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the 1939 film adaptation, this 2013 3D fantasy adventure follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, as he's whisked away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking.
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March 7th, 2013

Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

"Oz the Great and Powerful" sweeps boldly into theaters this Friday, March 8. With Sam Raimi at the helm, the fantasy adventure explores the origin story of one of literature's most beloved wizards. Oscar Diggs is an ambitious circus magician, struggling to get by and sometimes turning to shady tactics to get ahead. When a tornado carries his hot air balloon to a fantastical world, Oscar teams up with three beautiful witches to try and save the land from threatening forces. The film's PG rating is due to brief mild language, action, and scary images.

"Dead Man Down" stars Colin Farrell as Victor, a man with vengeance on his mind. A ruthless plot consumes Victor's thoughts. His target is a powerful kingpin who once wronged him. As Victor waits for the perfect moment to strike, he realizes that he is not alone in his planning. A young woman has been watching him, and she is ready to exploit her dangerous knowledge for some favors from Victor. Director Niels Arden Oplev's crime drama has an R rating for language, violence, and mature content.

"Emperor" opens in limited theaters on March 8. Peter Webber directs this historical war drama. As World War II finally draws to an end, some men still have difficult choices to make. General Fellers has to decide whether or not try Japan's Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal. As he struggles with this immense and challenging decision, Feller cannot stop thinking about a past love affair with a young Japanese woman. The film's PG-13 rating is due to smoking, language, and violent content.

Continuing Films

"Jack the Giant Slayer" offers a fresh, action-packed take on the classic fairytale. When Jack, a farmhand, ends up pulled into a wildly adventurous plot to save the kingdom, he catches the eye of the princess. Before he can enjoy his time with the friendly princess, Jack first has to defeat some decidedly un-friendly giants. The fantasy adventure has a PG-13 rating for violence, frightening images, and brief language. Bryan Singer directs.

"Identity Thief" showcases a hilarious collaboration between Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. When Diana's bank account skyrockets, she does not hesitate to enjoy the high life. However, what outsider observers do not realize is that Diana is an identity thief. When her target comes after her, Diana has to think fast. Seth Gordon directs. Mature content and language contribute to the film's R rating.

"21 & Over" is an irreverent comedy from Scott Moore. Jeff Chang is a model student, thanks in part to his unrelentingly strict parents. On the eve of a med school interview that could change his entire life, Jeff reluctantly agrees to go out with his less ambitious friends, Casey and Miller. The night soon spirals out of control, leaving Casey and Miller to undo the damage. The comedy's R rating is due to crude content, graphic nudity, drugs and drinking, and language.

"Snitch" stars Dwayne Johnson as a father who will do anything he can to save his son. When Jason ends up behind bars for the distribution of drugs, he insists that he is innocent. His father, John, believes him. The only way he can ensure his son's safety is to go undercover in the DEA and put his life on the line. "Snitch" has a PG-13 rating for violence and drug content. Ric Roman Waugh directs.

"The Last Exorcism Part II" is a horror film from director Ed Gass-Donnelly. Nell already survived one terrifying situation, and now she hopes to move on and restart her life. However, it soon becomes clear that her past is not going to let her escape that easily. Nell ends up fighting for a normal life, even as ominous forces try to intervene. The PG-13 rating is due to horror violence, terror, and language.

"Escape from Planet Earth" is an interplanetary adventure from Cal Brunker. Scorch Supernova is always ready to come to the rescue of those in distress. When he ventures to a mysterious planet called Earth, it turns out that the distress call was a set-up. Now Scorch's brainy brother, Gary, is going to have to access his inner superhero. The family-friendly movie has a PG rating for action sequences and mild rude humor.

"Safe Haven" tells the story of a young woman who hopes to make a fresh start. As she puts down roots in a small town and even begins to fall in love, Katie tries to forget her past. However, her past has a way of catching up with her, and Katie will have to draw on inner strength. Lasse Hallstršm directs the film, which is based on Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel. "Safe Haven" has a PG-13 rating for violence, mature content, and thematic elements that include threatening behavior.