20 items from 2014
Magic in the Moonlight, 2014.
Written and Directed by Woody Allen.
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
Woody Allen has released a film every consecutive year since 1982 and has seldom missed a year since his first feature What’s Up, Tiger Lily? in 1966. His film releases are as much part of the ‘must see’ list of any given years as any directors, but the results can be mixed. For every Midnight in Paris you get a From Rome With Love and with the likes of Everyone Says I Love You comes The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. His latest offering Magic in the Moonlight is by no means Allen at his best, but I’ll take average woody »
- Gary Collinson
Passionately pursuing your dreams and not letting anyone stand in your way as you set out to achieve your goals is a powerful message present in several aspects of Woody Allen’s latest independent romantic comedy, ‘Magic in the Moonlight.’ The main character in the film, Stanley Crawford, is an admired illusionist who isn’t afraid to let go of his fame as he sets out to prove that people in his field aren’t genuinely gifted. Actress Erica Leerhsen, who plays a supporting role in the movie, is also effortlessly and powerfully fulfilling her dream career with her third film collaboration with the Academy Award-winning writer-director. ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ which is [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Magic in the Moonlight, 2014.
Directed by Woody Allen.
A sceptical magician attempts to unmask a young woman claiming supernatural powers, only to question his own beliefs.
Magic in the Moonlight gives us so much of what is good about Woody Allen’s films and writing: a beautiful setting, a wickedly funny leading man and the promise of a good story. However it gives us some of his worst traits as well, including a slow finish to an all too predictable plot.
The film starts us off in the late 1920’s, at a magic show by the great Wei Ling Soo who turns out to be the narcissistic Englishman, Stanley (Colin Firth). A man obsessed with all things rational, he performs feats such as disappearing and reappearing within his shows, but »
- Gary Collinson
It seems every new Woody Allen film brings out in force the writer/director’s detractors, who kvetch that it’s “not one of his best” and that it’s “just another Woody Allen movie.” The first statement is certainly undeniable since he’s made so many masterpieces and the second observation is more or less true but so what? Magic In The Moonlight is currently sitting on a measly 52% over at Rotten Tomatoes with the 78-year old Allen being attacked for making the kind of movie he’s most known for — and most liked for — so long as he does it well. And with Magic In The Moonlight, Woody Allen has done it very well indeed. It’s not on the level of his great films – it’s not Annie Hall, Manhattan, or Blue Jasmine, but Magic In The MOONLIGHTis a kind of movie you rarely see in late »
- Tom Stockman
Title: Magic In The Moonlight Director: Woody Allen Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Simon McBurney, Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, Erica Leerhsen, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Atkins. Woody Allen enchants again. This time he takes us to the French Riviera in the late twenties, where witticism, magnificent dresses (designed by his longtime collaborator Sonia Grande), alluring revivals of tracks of the period (performed by Woody’s jazz-band companion Conal Fowkes), build up an amusing and profound romantic comedy. Colin Firth plays the most celebrated magician of his age, British Stanley Crawford, who performs under the disguise of Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo. The Englishman has a sky-high opinion of himself and is [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
As Woody Allen continues his ‘film a year‘ project, it looks like he’s come up with another quirky comedy that stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth, and it’s all set in the 1920s on the Riviera in the south of France. Quintessentially, Magic In The Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.
With two very likable leads, this might not have the intensity of Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine but recalls a touch of Midnight In Paris. For this film, it follows the supposed Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo, who is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Firth), a grouchy Englishman with a sky opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. »
- Dan Bullock
The marketing push for Woody Allen’s latest, a period romantic comedy titled Magic in the Moonlight, has been atypically slight in recent weeks, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally kicking its campaign into high gear with the release of dozens of images from the film, in addition to a large synopsis. Allen and company have no real reason to worry about his film’s box office chances, however – with his reputation and a cast including Emma Stone and Colin Firth, Magic in the Moonlight should cast quite a spell in theaters when it opens later this month.
A new set of images from the film, highlighting its stellar cast and period setting, have landed online, and you can check those out below. In addition to Stone and Firth, Magic in the Moonlight features Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Antonia Clarke and Jeremy Shamos. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Okay , we still know nothing about Woody Allen’s next movie that is currently shooting in Rhode Island and Providence starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (some have speculated it’s a college professor/student relationship story). Though there’s word today that Parker Posey is also part of the cast. But otherwise, details are… zilch. So in the meantime, let’s move over to Allen’s current movie, “Magic In The Moonlight.” It’s a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a charlatan spiritualist, and personal and professional complications ensue when the man falls for the spirited young swindler. Colin Firth stars as the Englishman and Emma Stone plays the unlikely charlatan. The movie also stars Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Antonia Clarke and Jeremy Shamos. Sony Pictures Classics have been unveiling lots of elements from the »
- Edward Davis
Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight begins hitting theaters on July 25 and so far I've only heard from one person that's seen it, but the response was positive over the upcoming romantic comedy starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. The story follows an Englishman (Firth) brought in to help expose a psychic medium (Stone) as a fake. Personal and professional complications ensue. Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Erica Leerhsen and Simon McBurney co-star. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Cote d'Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age, which makes me want to see it even more as I absolutely love that area. Today I have for you 18 new pictures (though a couple I think you may have seen before) and a new poster for the film along with the following, »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Classics has premiered the first poster for Woody Allen's new film Magic in the Moonlight starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. Set for a July 25 release, the romantic comedy follows an Englishman (Firth) brought in to help unmask a possible charlatan mystic (Emma Stone) only to ultimately fall for her. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the South of France, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age. Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen and Hamish Linklater co-star. Check out the poster below and if you haven't yet watched the trailer click here. »
- Brad Brevet
The poster (below), premiering today exclusively on Moviefone, features stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth decked out in 1920s period garb, a nod to the film's Jazz Age setting. In "Moonlight," Firth plays a Brit known for his work debunking fake spiritualists, who travels to the south of France to unmask another assumed fraud, played by Emma Stone.
Unfortunately for Firth, he ends up falling for Stone instead, an inner struggle that seems to be playing out on the poster. Stone appears kooky, with a far off look in her eyes; Firth looks skeptical, yet can't keep his gaze off of her.
- Katie Roberts
The trailer, released Wednesday, shows Emma Stone as a very convincing spiritualist named Sophia. However, Colin Firth’s character Stanley, who poses as an Asian magician, is skeptical, and sets out to debunk her, which leads to an unlikely love story.
The story is set in France in the 1920s, and jazz, beautiful mansions and fashionable nightspots are also prominently featured. This marks the first real glimpse of the plot, as details had been kept relatively underwraps for some time.
Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Erica Leerhsen, Jacki Weaver, Simon McBurney, Eileen Atkins, Jeremy Shamos and Antonia Clarke also star. The pic, which comes from Sony Pictures Classics, bows July 25.
Watch the full trailer below:
- Alex Stedman
With her Gwen Stacy role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 behind her, Emma Stone turns to the whimsical world of director Woody Allen in the first trailer for Magic in the Moonlight. The actress plays Sophie, who appears to be a gifted psychic medium in 1920s France, although a British man (Colin Firth) posing as an Asian magician has designs on exposing her as a fraud, before he falls in love with her. Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver and Erica Leerhsen co-star in this comedy, arriving in theaters July 25 from Sony Pictures Classics.
Magic in the Moonlight comes to theaters July 25th, 2014 and stars Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Erica Leerhsen, Simon McBurney. The film is directed by Woody Allen. »
Sony Classics has released the first official trailer for Magic in the Moonlight, the latest film from Woody Allen. The Cote d'Azur-set drama stars Colin Firth as an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible charlatan mystic (Emma Stone) only to ultimately fall for her. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the South of France, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age. Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen and Hamish Linklater co-star. Sony Classics has already set a July 25 release date for the film, which was surprisingly not at the Cannes Film Festival given its setting. Watch the trailer below. sb id="934463" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
I think we're all still scratching our heads as to why Sony Classics decided to take five films to this year's Cannes Film Festival (more details on those films here), but decided not to take Woody Allen's Cote d'Azur-set drama Magic in the Moonlight. Starring Colin Firth as an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible charlatan mystic (Emma Stone) only to ultimately fall for her. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the South of France, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age. Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen and Hamish Linklater co-star. Sony has already set a July 25 release, which would have made a big premiere at Cannes in May a perfect jumping off point. Sony Classics, however, has been very guarded in even making available any »
- Brad Brevet
Set in the 1920s on the French Riviera (wait, why isn't this at Cannes again??), Woody Allen’s 5,0000th film (ok, less), “Magic In The Moonlight,” is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. And, of course, personal and professional complications ensue. That’s all we’ve known for several months, but new plot details have emerged along with two new photos from the film. Colin Firth stars as the Englishman and Emma Stone plays an unlikely charlatan. The movie also stars Hamish Linklater (Miranda July’s “The Future”), Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Antonia Clarke and Jeremy Shamos. It’s perhaps not as star-studded as you’re used to from a Woody Allen film but when you’ve got Emma Stone and Colin Firth in the leads, that’s obviously more than enough. If you’ve »
- Edward Davis
I heard about The Butterfly Room – an American suspense thriller with an Italian sensibility, starring the British-born Barbara Steele – almost a year ago, and I’ve been waiting ever since on the proverbial pins and needles to see it.
Well, I got plenty of pins and needles in the squirm-inducing scenes involving the pinning of butterflies to specimen boards! Be sure to read my The Butterfly Room review for the details!
In a nutshell, it was well worth the wait.
I figured I’d be lucky to catch a streaming link somehow, never dreaming I’d actually get a personal invite from the film’s director to see it in a historical indie movie theater just down the street from my house – and what’s more, the regal Ms. Steele was in attendance!
She took part in a Q&A along with screen legend James Karen (who’s only in »
- Staci Layne Wilson
It's been awhile since we've had anything to report about Jonathan Zarantonello's The Butterfly Room, which is loaded with familiar faces from horror movies past. Today we're happy to report that the film is screening in California this weekend, and we've got all the details for ya. Read on!
Two separate screenings will take place at North Hollywood's Laemmle Noho 7 theater, on both Friday and Saturday night. Star Heather Langenkamp will be on hand for the Friday night showing while fellow horror icons/stars Barbara Steele and James Karen (Return of the Living Dead) will be hosting Q&A sessions on Saturday night.
You'll find full screening information over on The Butterfly Room's official website!
Ann, a reclusive, elegant lady with an obsession for butterflies, is surprisingly befriended by the eerily beautiful young Alice. Using her seductive innocence, »
- John Squires
Magic in Moonlight
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
For his 47th feature film, the clarinet playing Woody Allen proposes a visit to an era he must be expertly familiar with…1920′s jazz scene in France. Curious in seeing how Emma Stone will flex her muscles.
Gist: This is about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.
Release Date: Where else would you want to unload a film set in the »
- Eric Lavallee
It's become quite obvious what draws me to the theater more than anything, the work of directors I've come to admire, appreciate and expect great things from. Certainly a film's subject matter adds to that excitement, but most often it's because the directors I most anticipate tell stories I most want to see brought to life. However, what today's list of my top ten most anticipated movies of 2014 illustrates is that even when the subject matter isn't necessarily something in my immediate wheelhouse, the thought of a new movie from one of my favorite directors makes such subject matter immediately more interesting. Or, as in the case with one particular film on this list, the subject matter, the development of the film itself and the talent involved makes it an obvious choice for my top ten, which we'll get to right now... If you've missed any of the previous installments »
- Brad Brevet
20 items from 2014
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