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Tribeca Film Review: ’30 for 30: This Magic Moment’

15 April 2016 12:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Espn’s “30 for 30” documentary series vacillates between in-depth profundity and carefree superficiality, and its latest installment, “This Magic Moment,” lands somewhere between those two poles. Charting the brief, exciting NBA partnership between Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway with the upstart Orlando Magic, it’s a compendium of exciting archival footage and candid interviews that captures not only the spirit of the era, but also the tenuousness of success. After its inaugural outing at the Tribeca Film Festival, it should find a comfortable home on the small screen, sandwiched between Espn’s live-sports broadcasts.

Directors Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden begin their tale with the Magic’s 1989 inception, which came about due to the diligent campaign waged by executive Pat Williams. A mid-market city known at the time primarily for Walt Disney World, Orlando embraced its maiden pro franchise (named via a radio contest) through its first two underwhelming »

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