Sometimes I wonder whether the thing I'll most be remembered for as a critic will be having gone easy on proclaimed-to-be-foredoomed-by-mainstream-media Disney blockbusters. Yeah, I see that Oz The Great And Powerful Oz has been getting overall better reviews than John Carter (which you may recall, and this is central to my point, I rather liked), but still, you get my gist. I'm mixed on Oz—James Franco's casting is very nearly disastrous, for one thing—but I do insist that by the end it gets its job done. Your mileage may vary, of course, and this of course depends very much the extent to which you're invested in the job the movie proposes to do. Reviewed for MSN Movies.
Also reviewed: Christian Mingiu's entirely admirable...perhaps TOO admirable...Beyond The Hills.