Thanks to “Oz, the Great and Powerful.”
Sam Raimi’s “Wizard of Oz” prequel is expected to do upwards of $80 million on its opening weekend. The reviews? Those who will never forgive the idea of touching “The Wizard of Oz” panned it. Others went after the weak, third-choice cast (me included).
But most of us give it a pass. Compare it to “Jack the Giant Slayer,” and at least this one has a dash of wit and a lot of fun uses of 3D.
“Emperor,” which uses a fictional love story to underline the American role in rebuilding-reshaping postwar Japan, a period when everybody BUT Emperor Hirohito paid the price for Japanese war mongering and atrocities, is earning weaker reviews. I was OK with it, up to a point.
There are people who love laughably gratuitous violence, unadulterated carnage and depravity on the big screen. Not my thing, really. “The ABCs of Death” is a collection of short films in that vein. Among those contributing to the 26 films there, the guy who did “Hobo with a Shotgun.” Some work, some don’t. Mixed to weak reviews for that one.
Orlando area filmgoers, remember the great doc 56 Up” comes to The Enzian, as well as a terrific music documentary, “Sound City.”