Review: The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle gut punched me when I read it about 10 years ago. It’s now a film. As a film, it still conveys the emotional wreckage of a dysfunctional family upbringing in vivid ways. Continue reading “Review: The Glass Castle”

Review: Seven Pounds

The coolest thing about services like Netflix is that you can see something old for the first time. Case in point: Seven Pounds. I spotted this 10 year old gem with Will Smith and Rosario Dawson among the new arrivals on Netflix and watched it immediately. Continue reading “Review: Seven Pounds”

Watch This: Trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri looks so good. So good. It stars Frances McDormand in a part that if it wasn’t written for her, it should have been. It promises to be wonderful, if the trailer can be believed. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Review: Now You See Me

Do you have fun at magic shows? Can you react to a trick with a 6-year-old’s sense of delight? If the answer is yes, you are going to really enjoy this magic show of a movie. Now You See Me is a magic act wrapped up in a heist movie and featuring a Robin Hood style plot.

Now You See Me poster
Now You See Me poster

The people who get to play with the magic of misdirection, mystery, and childlike wonderment in Now You See Me are Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.

The plot is about

  • 4 magicians who steal millions and give it to citizens who have somehow been harmed by big banks, big insurance companies, or fat cats
  • an FBI guy and a woman from Interpol who chase the four
  • a former magician who makes his living debunking magic by explaining the tricks
  • a rich guy who is sponsoring the magicians on a world wide tour

That’s all I’m going to say about the plot, because everything about this movie is unexpected and I don’t want to give you even the simplest of spoilers.

You can get the flavor from these two official trailers.

The second official trailer has some of the same material, but it’s different, too.

This movie isn’t deep. It doesn’t have haunting characters and important themes. But it sure is fun.

Delightful, in fact.

It was just released on DVD, so if you missed the theatrical release you can get it now. Have you seen it? What was your opinion of Now You See Me?