This is a count down of the top movies of the month from 1 to 10.
Rank 1: Oz The Great and Powerful
Release Date: March 8, 2013
The story is interesting and engaging and connects nicely to the original – explaining some things about what had happened *before* Dorothy arrived.
This “Oz” is fun and whimsy, but even though its a prequel, it will never live up to the original… and that’s almost unfair to try to compare it.
We get a fleshed out back story to who the Wizard is and how he ended up in Oz and why he uses the projection machine with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. We learn about how the Wicked Witch and her sister became the Wicked Witch of the West and the East. We find out why Glinda the Good is protective of munchkinland and why she travels by bubble
Rank 2: Jack the Giant Slayer
Release date: March 1, 2013
Review: Jack the Giant Slayer is a visually spectacular adventure that borrows from two classic fairytales, Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant Killer. The result is a formulaic story about a peasant who saves a princess from giants that live in the clouds, and a king who doesn’t mind his daughter’s wishes. It’s true that Jack the Giant Slayer is a film that follows the classic fairytale formula closely, but in this case that actually works to the film’s advantage
Rank 3: Identity Thief
Release date: Feb 02, 2013
Review: Horrible Bosses'” Jason Bateman and “Bridesmaids'” Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of “Identity Thief,” an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.
Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”… and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S.
Rank 4:Dead Man Down
Release Date: March 8, 2013
Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Dead Man Down is a half revenge-action half awkward romance that adds up to a loud, visually uninteresting, oddly acted movie. The movie is a muddled mess that suffers not just from Olpev’s direction but also from the unstructured and trite dialogue. Dead Man Down, the grimy English-language directorial debut of Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is really two forgettable films, dimly battling for supremacy. The marginally more promising one is an action melodrama about Noomi Rapace (also from the original Dragon Tattoo), a troubled young woman who was physically and emotionally scarred in an accident, attempting to blackmail a low-level hoodlum (Colin Farrell) into murdering the callous judge who hit her with his car. The second, more muddled, less promising B-movie is an insanely involved quest for vengeance against an entire criminal outfit that’s only slightly less time-and-labor-intensive than the manhunt for Osama bin Laden documented in Zero Dark Thirty.
Rank 5: Snitch
Release Date: Feb 22, 2013
Review: Snitch, the latest film from ex-stuntman turned director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon), follows a desperate father who will stop at nothing to free his innocent son from prison following a drug bust. On the surface, the film intersperses character drama with understated action set pieces but Waugh also spends a significant amount of the run time addressing federal drug laws that entrap first offenders and dole out extra-lengthy sentences