Oz: the Great and Powerful was pretty good. I didn't think they'd do anything unless it was going to be great, but here it was. As much as I like James Franco, I usually don't think he's lead character material, but Franco was very good here. I did find Mila Kunis to be out of place. They could have cast anyone else and gotten at least as good a result. I was excited to see what Raimi would do with Oz, and the result wasn't great, just good. It'll be worth a rent down the road.
Man, talk about a near miss. It was too Hollywooded up for my liking. A different director could have made it much better. Darker. The Call kept me interested and moved along at a great pace. The ending was good also. Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin are great. This would be a good rental.
The previews had me doubting Dead Man Down was going to be any good. It gave away too much of the plot. Then, as the movie started "WWE Films" flashed on the screen and I figured it was going to be nothing more than one of those movies with more flashy actors. I was so wrong. I thought it was a powerful film with good performances. I liked the characters and was rooting for them. It's a plot heavy film, but definitely worth seeing.