Talk about a variety pack right being served up in theaters this weekend?
"Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Dead Man Down" both open wide today (March 8th) in the Tampa Bay market. As for "The ABCs of Death," one may have to go searching either On-Demand or comb through theater listings.
Below you'll find excerpts from the reviews (click on title for full write-up) :
Oz the Great and Powerful (4 out of 5 stars)
For those that may not know their Wizard of Oz timeline, "Oz the Great and Powerful" takes place prior to “Dorothy’s” house crash landing via a tornado in the 1939 cinematic classic. And in some respects, it loosely, very loosely, actually, extremely loosely, touches upon a plot point found in the Broadway play, Wicked (whose storyline predates both).
Dead Man Down (3.5 out of 5 stars)
"Dead Man Down" is a slow-burner that has the ability to spark at the right moments. Whether it’s circling back and answering reasonable questions regarding character motivations or just adding in subtle doses of suspenseful action, the 110 minutes end up being worth the methodical ride that is bookended with two engaging shoot’em up sequences.
"The ABCs of Death" is a gruesome group effort. 26 directors, most of them unknown to the casual cinema fan, from all over the world were sent a letter from the alphabet. Based on their respective letter, they have to come up with a short film – no longer than 5 minutes – that depicts a word; which then will become the cause of death to a character in their film. For example, if you drew the letter C, the title of your film could be “Death by ChapStick.” If it was a P, it could be “Death by Porn Star.” Get it?