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Big screens get set for some magical movies

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

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A new take on a fairy tale – Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2D and 3D (15) – shows the brother and sister as bounty hunters.

They track witches all over the world but as the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

The film is opening at Wells Film Centre this week in v both 2D and 3D with Jeremy Renner as Hansel, Gemma Arterton as Gretel and Famke Janssen as Muriel.

Also opening at Wells this week is Hitchcock (12A) which is set in 1959.

Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren), are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire.

To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone's misgivings.

Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labours on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses.

When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colours Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams.

In Oz: The Great and the Powerful 2D and 3D (PG) opening at Wells this week, Oscar Diggs (James Franco), is a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics.

He is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz.

At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot – fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting.

At Strode Theatre, in Street, cinema-goers will be able to see the Oscar-winning performance of Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (12A) on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30pm.

In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, US president Abraham Lincoln endeavours to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States.

However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law.

Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late.

Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives.

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