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Published: Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

DVD releases

  • James Franco and Michelle Williams star in "Oz the Great and Powerful."

    Associated Press

    James Franco and Michelle Williams star in "Oz the Great and Powerful."

"Oz the Great and Powerful"
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.
Grade: B-
"Snitch"
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.
Grade: C-
Also new
"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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