A look at how the Wizard came to the Emerald City. James Franco stars.
Sam Raimi shows flashes of brilliance. But the latest trip down the Yellow Brick Road has a few too many bumps to make this a magical journey. Visually, the film is stunning, from the black-and-white footage to the brilliant colors of the Emerald City.
The biggest problem is Franco. Oz needs to be played as both a cad and a charmer, and Franco never fully plays either. He just doesn't have the larger-than-life charisma to make Oz the great and powerful character he should be.
A father makes a deal to keep his innocent son out of jail. Dwayne Johnson stars.
"Snitch" wants to be a thought-provoking story about the ills of the legal system. The casting of Johnson as a worried father who becomes a drug runner to get his son out of prison immediately suggests that this is another explosive action film. Wrong!
There's some action, but it comes along in the last act -- far too late to wake those who have nodded off and are dreaming of a better movie.
Johnson turns in his best acting performance, but it's a valiant effort in a losing battle.
"The Newsroom: The Complete First Season": Jeff Daniels stars in this behind-the-scenes look at television news.
"Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters": Siblings become bounty hunters after an incident at a gingerbread house.
"Major Crimes: The Complete First Season": Cable police drama starring Mary McDonnell.
"Killing Lincoln": Tom Hanks narrates this look at the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)
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