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'Oz the Great and Powerful' -- 2 1/2 stars

PG; 2:10 running time Is "Oz the Great and Powerful" a prequel to the Oz we know best from the movies, "The Wizard of Oz," or a separate adventure culled from the L. Frank Baum books, or what? Yes to all three. In a nod to the 1939 classic, Raimi begins in Kansas in 1.33:1 screen ratio, in black and white, introducing Oscar "Oz" Diggs (Franco) as he readies a fetching new assistant for his tent-show act. One twister later, the movie expands to widescreen and color, and almost immediately we're reminded why we're wearing our 3-D glasses. Oz's hot-air balloon lands in raging fantastical river rapids, leading him to the first of the three witches of note. -- Michael PhillipsRead the full "Oz the Great and Powerful" movie review