Weekend reviews — Much hate for “Now You See Me,” Much MORE hate for M. Night’s “After Earth”


When an actor of limited talent and great clout builds vehicle after vehicle around his charisma-starved kid, he’s asking for some serious abuse. Take that, Will and Jaden Smith. Get that pretentious has-been M. Night Shyamalan to direct it, and there’s more blood in the water. It’s not hateful, but it is pretty bad. All bad reviews for this one.

There was a moment, early this AM, when I was the lone voice of complaint on the Tomatometer re: “Now You See Me,” an empty bit of flash with a good cast, a lousy script and “magic” that is anything but. A lot of early filing reviewers gushed in that easy-lay way.

Now, it’s at 34% and dropping.

“The Kings of Summer” is sentimental and sweet and rude and goes into limited release.

“The East” is a superb cult thriller with Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Skarsgard, also in limited release.

“Before Midnight” nicely finishes up the “Before Sunrise” trilogy. Unless they take Ethan and Julie into their dotage.

Orlando gets the wrenching “What Maisie Knew” with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as the divorcing couple who cannot see the child they’re neglecting in their self-absorbed states.

Julianne Moore’s the best actress never to win an Oscar.

And Enzian is landing “Frances Ha,” a cute Greta Gerwig vehicle that’s worthy of its cute reviews.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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