Margaret Hamilton stars as the Wicked Witch of the West, Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale and Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in “The Wizard of Oz.”
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and the Wizard of Oz celebrates 75th anniversary.
Genre: Thriller Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Terrance Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano Director: Denis Villeneuve Rated: R
How far would you go to protect your family?
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release.
As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
The Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D
Genre: Family and fantasy Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton Director: Victor Fleming Not rated
Marking the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” Warner Bros. has produced a 3D remastered version of the film, which will launch a comprehensive, cross-divisional campaign encompassing theatrical, home entertainment, consumer products and a number of promotional partnerships.
Kicking off the celebration, “The Wizard of Oz 3D” will be presented in the immersive IMAX 3D format and return to the big screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in IMAX theaters across North America beginning Sept. 20.
Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, “The Wizard of Oz” opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Aug. 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed “Gone with the Wind”), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Dorothy was portrayed by a 16-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer” – the incomparable Judy Garland. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the wonderful “Wizard of Oz" himself.
Battle of the Year 3D
Genre: Drama and musical Cast: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, Caity Lotz and Chris Brown Director: Benson Lee Rated: PG-13
“Battle of the Year” is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven’t won in 15 years.
Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team. Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a dream team of all the best dancers across the country.
With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to come together as a team if they're going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started. The story is inspired by an actual competition in France.
The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.
Genre: Comedy Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, Tavi Gevinson and Tracey Fairaway Director: Nicole Holofcener Rated: PG-13
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college.
She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex. “Enough Said” is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again.
A Single Shot
Genre: Drama Cast: Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffery Wright, Jason Isaacs and Kelly Reilly Director: David M. Rosenthal Rated: R
David M. Rosenthal's neo-noir thriller starts with a bang: a single shot, aimed at a lone deer that hits and kills a young woman.
The hunter, John Moon (Sam Rockwell), watches her die before discovering a box of money near her body. In a desperate panic, he takes the cash – hiring a low-rent lawyer (William H. Macy) to fight his wife's (Kelly Reilly) divorce suit – and attempts to cover up the killing.
But when he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter becomes the hunted in this tense cat-and-mouse struggle in the backwoods of West Virginia.
Genre: Horror, science fiction and thriller Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers and Bill Paxton Director: Jeff Renfroe Not rated
Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers headline an all-star cast in this savage and unrelenting thriller about mankind's greatest enemy: himself.
As an endless winter engulfs Earth, humans struggle to survive in remote underground outposts. When Colony 7 receives a distress call from a nearby settlement, Sam (Zegers) and Briggs (Fishburne) race through the snow on a dangerous rescue mission. What they find at the desolate base could mean mankind's salvation—or its total annihilation. Terrifying discoveries will unfold that will change the rules of survival forever.
Genre: Drama Cast: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot, Jean-Marc Roulot and Philippe Uchan Director: Christian Vincent Rated: PG-13
Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d’Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace.
Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps.
Thanks for Sharing
Genre: Comedy and drama Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, Josh Gad and Alecia Moore Director: Stuart Blumberg Rated: R
From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and first-time director Stuart Blumberg, “Thanks for Sharing” is a sharply comic and deeply moving look at a new kind of modern family, as a group of friends in recovery learns to face life together with heart, humor and humility.
Academy Award-nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins and Broadway star Josh Gad anchor a stellar ensemble that includes Academy Award-winner Gwyneth Paltrow, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit and pop star Alecia Moore in her first film role.
On the surface Adam (Ruffalo), an over-achieving environmental consultant, Mike (Robbins), a long-married small-business owner, and Neil (Gad), a wisecracking emergency-room doctor, have little in common. But all are in different stages of dealing with addiction. Confident and successful in his career, Adam is afraid to allow love back into his life, even if that means losing a chance to start over with smart, beautiful and accomplished Phoebe (Paltrow); Mike's efforts to control his wife, Katie (Richardson), and son, Danny (Fugit), as tightly as he does his impulses are tearing the family apart; and Neil is still deeply in denial when befriended by Dede (Moore), who has just begun to take her own small steps back to health. As they navigate the rocky shores of recovery, Adam, Mike and Neil become a family that encourages, infuriates and applauds each other on the journey toward a new life.