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'Now You See Me': More Abracadabra, Less Explanation, Please

Learning the inner workings of a magic trick is almost always a bit of a disappointment. The magician's flourish is what makes the show fun--see the nuts and bolts of his or her work, and the sense of wonder shatters. It's fitting then, that surprise hit "Now You See Me" reflects the profession upon which it focuses: it's most fun during the trick, and much less so when the curtain is pulled back for us. Still, it's a fun summer fluff movie that transports and maybe even wows a bit--as long as you don't look too close.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 2, 2013 4:50 PM
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Weekend Recap: Jeremy Renner on SNL, 'Now You See Me' Trailer, Rome Fest Winners, Stoppard on Love, and PT Anderson SteadiCams

The weekend in review, from Jeremy Renner's SNL stint to Tom Stoppard's knowledge of "Anna Karenina" and a brief history of Paul Thomas Anderson's relationship with the SteadiCam.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 19, 2012 1:49 PM
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Sundance Reviews: Lean Mean 'Bachelorette' Shocks Festival, Too Hard or Too Soft?

Sundance comedy "Bachelorette" boasts an all-star girl comedy-pack: Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher. They play a hard-drinking and drugging trio who are horrified that their pudgiest gal pal (Aussie comedienne Rebel Wilson) is the first of their high school gang to get married.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2012 10:28 PM
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