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A SMALL-time magician with dubious ethics is hurled off from dusty Kansas to an enchanting land in Oz: The Great and Powerful, out now at the Showcase in Bargeddie.

A prequel to the cinematic classic, The Wizard of Oz, at first Oscar Diggs (James Franco) he thinks he’s hit the jackpot with fame and fortune 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.

Reluctantly drawn into the epic 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.

For listings visit Showcase Cinemas

The Times & Speaker has two pairs of tickets to the Showcase at Barrbridge Leisure Centre to give away to see any film of your choice (valid until December 31, 2013).

For your chance to win unscramble this movie star’s name: CUREB LABCEMPL

Send your entry including your name, address and telephone number to Cinema Contest (10) at Motherwell Times, 29 Hope Street, Motherwell, ML1 1BT, to reach us by Wednesday, March 13.