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Magical Worlds In Movies: 'Oz,' 'Cirque Du Soleil,' 'The Hobbit' & More!

March 9th, 2013 5:51am EST

Cirque du Soleil

There's a theme in films these days - magical worlds. Moviegoers yearn for escapism, and what better way to do it than emerse oneself in a world so different than our own?

"Oz the Great and Powerfu,l" starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams, is opening in theaters this weekend, and "Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray March 12.

Warner Bros. recently released "Jack The Giant Slayer" in theaters, and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be available as home entertainment on March 19.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY

Director Andrew Adamson (who helmed another magical film, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe") teamed with producer James Cameron ("Avatar") to bring the magic of Cirque du Soleil to the big screen in stunning 3D.

When a young couple become separated, they must journey through the magical realms of Cirque du Soleil to find one another again.

The film takes audiences on a wondrous journey across imaginative landscapes. Capturing the feats of the extraordinary artists up close using cameras that sometimes soar 70 feet in the air, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away immerses audiences through spectacular sets and dazzling costumes.

Watch "Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D Official Trailer"


OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks that fame and fortune are his for the taking, that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone has been expecting.

Reluctantly drawn into the enormous problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity, and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Oz the Great and Powerful

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them.

Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Jack the Giant Slayer

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever - Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities - a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit

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