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Oz The Great And Powerful (PG)

(Sam Raimi, 2013, Us) James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff, Joey King. 130 mins

Putting adjectives like "great" and "powerful" in your title is asking for trouble, but then "expensive" and "underwhelming" probably didn't fit on the poster. Raimi's prequel apes the original Wizard Of Oz in many respects, but refuses to stoop to camp comedy, or song-and-dance or anything too childish. As a result, this green-screen tribute to smoke and mirrors feels decidedly short on magic.

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(Steven Soderbergh, 2013, Us) Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum. 106 mins

A stark reminder of both the pitfalls of the antidepressant industry, and how dull the movie landscape will look if Soderbergh really does retire (as he's threatened). Mara's troubled New Yorker is »

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