Tag Archives: Magic

Magic Magic (2013)

12 Aug

Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Silva made waves at this years Sundance Film Festival with two superb films staring Michael Cera that were both filmed on-location in Chile. Micheal Cera hasn’t always been one of my favorite actors, but his performance in Magic Magic shows he can be more than the self-conscious teen nerd he has come to be known for (Superbad, Juno, Arrested Development).

Magic Magic is the story of an American girl named Alicia (played by the always lovely Juno Temple), who visits her cousin studying in Chile.  Because of an unexpected exam, her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) is separated, leaving Alicia to journey with a group of strangers towards a vacation home on a mysterious island. Of course, things aren’t always what they appear to be, and what starts out as an innocent trip with some friends turns into a bizarre and unforgettable journey.

What really makes this film remarkable is the wonderful casting and chemistry that this group of friends share on-screen. Michael Cera is brilliant and adds a subtle but welcoming amount of comedic relief. Juno Temple is also fabulous and creates an intense mood in the film through her performance. Emily Browning, Catalina Moreno, and Augustin Silva make a great and believable supporting characters.

Some friendly advice: if you are the type who hates spoilers then DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER, as it gives away far too much of the plot. If you aren’t into the weird, psychological sort of films, then this might not be your cup of tea, but I think Magic Magic is one of the year’s best for it’s unpredictability, wonderful cast, and intense thrilling script.

Rating: 8/10

Similar to: Black Swan, Repulsion, Sisters

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Now You See Me (2013)

2 Jun

Like any good magic trick, Now You See Me takes things one step at a time, building interests and expectations until the final reveal. The film starts with three twenty-somethings and Woody Harrelson robbing millions from a bank and outsmarting our nations FBI by playing magic tricks. Sounds campy right? What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between the magicians, Mark Ruffalo, and a mysterious third party lead by Morgan Freeman. Sure, it’s as outrageous as it’s premise may seem, but it’s a fun movie and I was kept well-entertained. Also worth mentioning is the outstanding cast who fill the movie with an overflow of witty banter and coolness – by now, what else can we expect from Jesse Eisenberg in a tux?

6/10 stars

similar to: The PrestigeThe Italian JobOceans Eleven,