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

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.


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-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Oz the Great and Powerful is playing now in theaters nationwide.

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+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Make Believe: The Battle to Become the World’s Best Teen Magician is available now on DVD.

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

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Illusionist is now playing in select cities.
It is a 2011 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film.