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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return: Girl-Power Galore

By Sandra Olmsted

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, seemingly the animated sequel to the Judy Garland-starring version of The Wizard of Oz, starts with Dorothy (voice by Lea Michele) waking up immediately after her return from Oz. Aunt Em (voice by Tacey Adams) and Uncle Henry (voice by Michael Krawic) at her side in their destroyed Kansas home.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2: A Mishmash for Teens

By Sandra Olmsted

The new Spider-Man film a few things going for it, mainly the chemistry between the leads, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Director Marc Webb, who helms again for this second installment in the franchise, also pays a lot of attention to the emotional connections and development of the characters and their back story, which isn’t really new information for anyone familiar with the history of Spidey.

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The Other Woman: Revenge Is Served Smokin’ Hot

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Nick Cassavetes teams up again with Cameron Diaz this time for a revenge comedy that offers three often scantily clad female leads — Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton — and neatly scripted madcap comedy deftly directed. First time screenwriter Melissa Stack provides a solid backbone for the comedy and plenty of comic moments for Cassavetes to bring to life.

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Rio 2: May Be a Bit Too Much

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Carlos Saldanha’s head spinning sequel to Rio bombards the audience with tons of musical numbers, a wide variety of musical styles, a huge cast, and multiple plots and subplots. Rio 2, in fact, seems more of a ride on a Scrambler at a carnival than a celebration of Brazil’s Carnival.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: Ultimately it’s Irresistible

By Sandra Olmsted

In his latest and much anticipated film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, director Wes Anderson again uses his trademark visual style to bring this nostalgic, mostly enchanting romp to life. Although the film contains several layers of narratives, Anderson uses the visual style to keep the story straight through tricks like changing the aspect ratio for different section of the film and, of course, the various time periods look entirely different.

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The Face of Love Has Some Surprising Twists

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Arie Posin’s The Face of Love daftly combines a love story with a psychological thriller, which results in a surprisingly compelling story designed to keep the audience guessing what will happen next.

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