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    SXSW Review: Why Fede Alvarez's 'Evil Dead' Remake Can't Match the Fun of the Originals

    The first two entries in Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" trilogy -- released in 1981 and 1987, respectively -- delivered such delightfully inventive takes on the horror genre that no remake could possibly match their originality. Respectably enough, with his snazzy redressing of the first movie, director Fe...

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    Division Division: 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'

    The most divisive movie of the week is the new film from director Sam Raimi.

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    Immersed in Movies: Puppet Cams, China Girl and VFX Wizardry in 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

    Bryan Singer and Sam Raimi both embraced lighter, kid-friendlier fables with "Jack the Giant Slayer" and "Oz the Great and Powerful," tapping into their inner child while pushing virtual production and 3-D with theatrical flair. While the results have been mixed (it's hard to pull off innocence afte...

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    The Wizard of Oz Vs. Army of Darkness

    Sam Raimi's new film is a fairly faithful prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" and a kind of insanely faithful kid-friendly remake of the third "Evil Dead" movie.

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    Oz The Great And Powerful

    No movie ever can, or will, replace 1939’s "The Wizard Of Oz," but taken on its own terms, this eye-filling fantasy is an entertaining riff on how the Wizard of that immortal film found his way to Oz.

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    Classical Filmmaking: The Theme That Drives All of Sam Raimi's Movies

    Sam Raimi has two trademarks that pop up over and over again in his work -- and more often than not, one represents the other.

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    Risk-Taking James Franco In Risk-Free 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

    Flying moneys, good. Flying baboons, bad. That's one difference between the classic, 1939 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' Disney's pricey new extravaganza with James Franco as the pre-wizard carnival con man. More important: don’t go on comparing them. The new 'Oz' is loaded ...

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    Review: Likable 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Is Overstuffed With Digital Wizardry

    Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a $190-million prequel to the turn-of-the-century L. Frank Baum 14-book series. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film is bloated in length and overstuffed with digital 3-D wizardry, yet somehow manages to be a horse of a pleasing -- if not particularly different -- ...

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    Sam Raimi Explains Why He Left Both 'Spider-Man 4' & 'World Of Warcraft'

    It seems as if after "Spider-Man 3," all the king's horses and all the king's men just couldn't put Spidey back together again. Famously, series architect Sam Raimi tried with an attempt at a fourth film featuring John Malkovich as the Vulture, with Anne Hathaway in an unspecified role believed to b...

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    Not In Kansas Anymore: The Long History Of Disney And 'The Wizard Of Oz'

    This weekend's opulent 3D fantasia "Oz, The Great And Powerful," directed by former "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi, is one of Disney's biggest movies of the year – a dreamy, technologically advanced marvel that cost $200 million to produce and god knows how much to market. And while this is the lat...

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