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Rated PG-13 · 98 min. · 2014

Comedy, Drama



Woody Allen is once again on autopilot. The magic in Magic is mostly conjured by Stanley (Colin Firth), an arrogant 1920s illusionist performing under the name Wei Ling Soo. He gets a kick out of debunking charlatan clairvoyants, which he gets to do when an old friend (Simon McBurney) proposes that Stanley comes to the French Riviera and disprove the powers of Sophie (Emma Stone), a clairvoyant who's won over a rich, American family. As with most movies he's done this past decade, Allen ventures outside New York to a more visually stunning locale in order to shoot a movie that's lush enough to serve as a travelogue. As much as Stone's character "sees" clear visions, it's obvious Allen didn't have one when he came up with the story. He basically gives us an old-school, whimsical rom-com setup. But Allen also takes the chance to engage in a favorite debate of his: logic vs. spirituality, the real vs. the unreal, dreary pessimism vs. extreme optimism.

Official Site: sonyclassics.com/magicinthemoonlight
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins and Erica Leerhsen

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