Tag Archive: Magicians


incredible burt wStarring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini & Jim Carrey
Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
Directed by Don Scardino

A washed-up magician feuds with his longtime partner and faces competition from a flashy street performer.


The only trick here
is how Jim Carrey makes his
career disappear.

Grade: C


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790628/?ref_=fn_al_ch_1a

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OzStarring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams & Zach Braff
Written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Sam Raimi

The story of how a swindling magician became the Wizard of Oz and defended the fantasy realm from a pair of evil witches.


Like Oz himself, this
film is just a screen with no
magic behind it.

Grade: C-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Oz the Great and Powerful is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623205/?ref_=sr_1

Directed by J. Clay Tweel

This documentary follows a group of young magicians battling to win the Lance Burton Teen Stage Competition.


This contest doc has
by-the-book hocus-pocus
but little magic.

Grade: C+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Make Believe: The Battle to Become the World’s Best Teen Magician is available now on DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1538833/

Starring: Jean-Claude Donda & Eilidh Rankin
Original screenplay by Jacques Tati
Adapted & directed by Sylvain Chomet

An aging, down-on-his-luck magician befriends a teenage girl who changes his life forever.


It is a brilliant
film or just the illusion
of a brilliant one?

Grade: B


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Illusionist is now playing in select cities.
It is a 2011 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775489/