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Watch: First Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Magic In The Moonlight' Starring Emma Stone & Colin Firth

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 21, 2014 at 2:18PM

Is it time for Woody Allen to start taking a break between pictures? Yes, his work ethic is admirable but sometimes it feels like he's just going through the motions, and as reliably comforting as his annual movies are, and as decent as thoroughly "Magic In The Moonlight" looks, it's clear he's running through some familiar plot elements.
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Magic In The Moonlight

Is it time for Woody Allen to start taking a break between pictures? Yes, his work ethic is admirable but sometimes it feels like he's just going through the motions, and as reliably comforting as his annual movies are, and as thoroughly decent as "Magic In The Moonlight" looks, it's clear he's running through some familiar plot elements.

Emma Stone stars, playing a spiritualist (shades of "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger," "Alice") who meets her match when a handsome Brit who looks like Colin Firth (Colin Firth) is tasked with trying to debunk her. It's all very frothy and jazzy and picturesque, but when the trailer gets to the scene where our two leads are caught in a rainstorm and run into an observatory, essentially ripping from Allen's classic "Manhattan," we can't help but feel disappointed.

"Magic In The Moonlight" opens on July 25th. Watch below.

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