OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL & THE ABCS OF DEATH: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:10

The Shamrock Shake is Back for a Limited Time? C'MON!: James Franco and Mila Kunis en route in OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.
The Shamrock Shake is Back for a Limited Time? C'MON!: James Franco and Mila Kunis en route in OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

Another film that answers questions we didn’t ask, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is a prequel showing how the magical land over the rainbow got its formidable-but-all-too-fallible wizard. Director Sam Raimi makes his 3D debut in this big-budget project, recruiting James Franco as his soon-too-be Oz, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as a trio of witches good and wicked, and Zach Braff and Joey King voicing some of the kingdom’s more magical inhabitants: a flying monkey and a China girl. Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons bought a round-trip ticket to this fantasy world, and are back to discuss whether the newer actors live up to their original counterparts in 1939’s THE WIZARD OF OZ, if the CG-enhanced visuals add new grandeur to the predecessor’s production design, and if the entire experience is more like a wild ride into a tornado or a soporific stroll through a field of poppies.
Also: Steve gives his opinion of THE ABCS OF DEATH, and what’s coming to theaters next week.

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The ABCs of Death on Demand January 31, in theatres March 8

Magnet Releasing (the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures) provides Video on Demand debut and limited theatrical engagements to this anthology effort that “showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.” The twenty-six short episodes (one for each letter of the alphabet) were written and/or directed by the likes of Xavier Gens (THE DIVIDE), Ti West (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL), and numerous others.
VOD Release: January 31
ABCs of Death posterTheatrical Engagements:

March 8, 2013

  • Albuquerque, NM: Guild
  • Chicago, IL: Logan
  • Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8
  • Dallas, TX: Inwood Theatre
  • Dormont, PA: Hollywood Theatre
  • Minneapolis, MN: Uptown Theatre
  • North Kansas City, MO: Screenland Armour 2
  • Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
  • Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
  • Seattle, WA: Siff Cinema
  • Seattle, WA: SIFF Cinema at the Uptown
  • Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema

March 15, 2013

  • Cleveland, OH: Capitol Theatre 3
  • Dallas, TX: Texas Theatre
  • Houston, TX: River Oaks Theatre 3
  • Kansas City, MO: Screenland Crossroads Theatre
  • San Francisco, CA: Clay Theatre

March 16, 2013

  • Fort Collins, CO: Lyric Cinema Cafe 2

March 21, 2013

  • Charlotte, NC: Movies @ CrownPoint 12

March 22, 2013

  • Knoxville, TN: Knoxville Horror Film Festival

April 13, 2013

  • Chattanooga, TN: Barking Legs Theater