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In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Lazy, terrible, ineffective, clunky, downright crap.”

See Me
OK, so it’s only August but I’m calling it. Now You See Me is the worst movie of 2013 that I’ll see. That’s not to say it’s worse than the latest Wayans Brothers joint, or The Great Gatsby. I’m sure they’re worse, but I’ll never actually see them. Now You See Me has the honour of actually suckering me in, causing me to commit almost two hours of my life to this train wreck. Hey, maybe this movies is magic… Black, evil magic.

I’m not sure what’s less convincing in Now You See Me, the premise that magicians are treated by adoring crowds like rock stars, or that floppy hair and a few days without a shave make Jesse Eisenberg a badass. So, Eisenberg is a slight of hand specialist, Woody Harrelson is a hypnotist, Dave Franco plays Matt Damon’s character form the Oceans franchise and Isla Fisher wears a series of short skirts. Together, they are, the Four Horseman! But the cast doesn’t end there. We also have a slumming Mark Ruffalo, the French broad from Inglorious Basterds and some stellar cheque cashing performances from Michael Cain and Morgan Freeman. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Youth (2015)

Youth 1
You say that emotions are overrated. But that’s bullshit. Emotions are all we’ve got.

There’s a fairly common Oscar and award season narrative for older actors.  It doesn’t happen every year, but it’s semi regular.  An older actor, who has been liked or loved for many, many years, takes on a role that’s all about coming to terms with aging.  In an industry where people try to cling to youth for as long as possible, when an actor decides to embrace their age in anything half decent with a little sadness and contemplation, awards attention floods in.  This year, the actor is Michael Caine, and the movie is Youth.

For the 20th year in a row, retired music composer Fred Ballinger (Caine) is holidaying at the same resort in Switzerland. His routine of various forms of massage and soaking on the pool is interrupted when a representative of Buckingham Palace arrives.  Queen Elizabeth would like Fred to conduct a performance of his most famous piece of music at Prince Philip’s birthday.  Fred declines for personal reasons and the signs of his deep and long depression over his absent wife begin to show. (more…)