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February 22, 2013

NASH: And the winner is ...


The first preview we saw was  for the “Man of Steel,” the reboot of the “Superman” franchise that is due out later this year. The next one we saw was for “Dredd,” a reexamination of  “Judge Dredd” the horrible Sylvester Stallone flick from 1995 about a futuristic society where crime is rampant. Then came “Red Dawn,” the remake of the  Patrick Swayze film from 1984 where Russians invaded the continental United States and a group of young freedom fighters take back their town.

The only movie trailer that looked promising that we saw that night was for the upcoming movie “Oz the Great and Powerful.”  This movie is a prequel inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” starring James Franco. It tells the story of how a Kansas circus magician becomes the Wizard of Oz before Dorothy arrives. This is one of the few movies that I am looking forward to and I may see it in the theater.

There is nothing like seeing a great flick in the theater  on the big screen.  I am not going to shell out 10 bucks for a ticket and another $15 for snacks (just for me) in order to see just any movie. If the movie industry wants to put more butts in the seats, they are going to have to step up their game. It is way too easy for me to stay at in the comfort of my home with some microwave popcorn and my remote control. At least then I can pause and not miss anything when I have to go to the bathroom.


— Matthew Nash can be reached at

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