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Woody Allen's latest, Magic In The Moonlight, is not quite magical

Published on Aug 13, 2014 6:52 PM
Heavyweight stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone fail to save Magic In The Moonlight. -- PHOTO: SHAW

Review - Comedy romance - MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (PG)

98 minutes/Opens tomorrow/***

The story: In late 1920s Europe, stage magician Stanley (Colin Firth) is asked by his friend Howard (Simon McBurney) to expose a clairvoyant named Sophie (Emma Stone) as a fraud. She has everyone under her spell at a mansion of the Catledge family in the south of France, including the very smitten son, Brice (Hamish Linklater). As she passes test after test under Stanley's watchful eyes, he begins to wonder if she might be the real thing.

Despite a star-studded cast that includes Firth (A Single Man, 2009), Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man, 2012) and Eileen Atkins (Gosford Park, 2001) as a wise aunt, Magic In The Moonlight is not quite magical.

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