Here are 72 must-see movies this spring

James Franco, left, and Mila Kunis in “Oz

(Credit: James Franco, left, and Mila Kunis in “Oz The Great and Powerful.” )

Winter is in our rear view mirror, and with it, the sluggish film season. Spring brings renewed cinematic excitment, with a return to Oz, a new adventure in the final frontier and the next installment with our favorite armored Avenger.

Here are the big films we're excited to see this spring:

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Director Sam Raimi helps this epic Oz fantasy starring James Franco...

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Two indicted for kidnapping, sex trafficking in heinous West Side case

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Two men are accused of raping and forcing a woman into prostitution while they held her captive for two days in a Manhattan apartment, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Benjamin Gaston, 36, and Johnny Jackson, 53, are accused of taking the 28-year-old woman to an apartment on West 92nd Street last November, where they allegedly threatened her and took her ID, cellphone...

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Chelsea Clinton celebrates 33rd birthday with the fam in NYC

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Happy birthday, Ms. Clinton!

Chelsea Clinton celebrated her 33rd on Wednesday with a truly sophisticated NYC night on the town with parents Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and hubby Marc Mezvinsky.

The foursome headed to dinner at the swanky Lincoln Center restaurant Lincoln, dished a source, before taking in the opening-night performance of the New York Philharmonic's production of...

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Protesters 'swipe back' at fare hikes by sharing MetroCard swipes

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MTA fare hikes go into effect on Sunday, and some straphangers are "swiping back."

A group of anti-fare hike riders is trying to "boycott" the hike by buying unlimited MetroCards and swiping commuters in, the group said.

“We would boycott the subway, if we could. But since it’s an essential public service, we need it, to get to our jobs and live our lives," the...

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Theater Reviews: 'Carousel', 'Passion' -- 3 stars

"Carousel"

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Carousel 3 stars

Passion 3 stars

Falling in love is traditionally depicted as a warm, happily-ever-after state of being in most musicals. But there are few that attempt to capture its challenging, tragic and disturbing qualities.

Revivals of two such musicals opened this week: Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1944 beloved and sentimental classic "Carousel" and Stephen Sondheim's...

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Behind the Curtain: 'Smash' attracting DVR viewings

Katharine McPhee and Jeremy Jordan on "Smash"

(Credit: Katharine McPhee and Jeremy Jordan on "Smash")

'Smash' As in recent weeks, the Nielsen ratings for Tuesday night's episode of "Smash" were as low as ever. However, there is something of a silver lining. According to Playbill.com, the show's DVR ratings have recently increased by more than 50 percent. Time will tell if this is enough to keep the Broadway-themed television drama moving forward.

Newly conceived 'Phantom' to tour,...

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Movie Review: 'Stoker' -- 3 stars

Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in "Stoker"

(Credit: Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in "Stoker" )

Stoker 3 stars Directed by Park Chan-wook Starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode Rated R

The visuals tell the story in Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook's gaudy "Stoker." It's a hypersexual coming-of-age psychodrama - the logical next step from this master of operatic violence ("Oldboy," "Thirst").

Park's English-language debut carves out its...

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'Mistaken for Strangers' to open 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival

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(Credit: Matt and Tom Berninger)

The Tribeca Film Festival is opening with some hometown flavor.

“Mistaken for Strangers,” a documentary that follows Brooklyn band The National on its biggest tour yet, will open the 12th annual festival on April 17, followed by a performance from the band.

“We’re really happy to premiere this movie at Tribeca, as New York has been home to us for these past 15 years,” National frontman...

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6-year-old boy fatally hit by tractor-trailer on walk to Harlem school

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A 6-year-old boy was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer while walking to his East Harlem school Thursday, according to the NYPD.

Amar Diarrosova, who reportedly attended PS 155, was crossing First Avenue at East 117th Street with his brother around 8 a.m. when the tractor-trailer made a right turn onto First and struck him in the crosswalk, police said. The accident happened about a block...

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The internet is going to choose the name of this woman's baby

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Would you let the internet name your baby? Twenty-six-year-old Natasha Hill would.

The West Los Angeles schoolteacher won $5,000 from a contest on Babynames.com, with the caveat that she would let online voters choose her baby’s name.

Hill will have no influence on the names on the ballot, and the list of potential names will be based "on current trending names and Advertiser Sponsorships."...

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