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Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

Director: Don Scardino.

Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Bully Herbig.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

SynopsisAfter spending years at the top of their game on the Las Vegas strip, childhood friends Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are losing their audience to outrageous street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). With the help of their assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde), the duo search for the ultimate illusion to win over a new generation of fans.

Having directed nearly forty episodes of 30 Rock, Don Scardino is no stranger to offbeat comedy, but The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a refreshing surprise for an audience who have become increasingly comfortable amongst the current run of Apatow-schtick. Penned by two of the writers behind Horrible Bosses, there are some thigh slapping one-liners, but the film is all the richer for not completely saturating itself with jokes, instead becoming a master class in how to keep repeated gags consistently funny amidst cameos and satirical jabs. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – March 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry. Embargoed films get their respective star ratings when allowed.

Rock Of Ages (Dir: Adam Shankman, 2012) ***

Silver Linings Playbook (Dir: David O. Russell, 2012) ****

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (Dir: Lasse Hallström, 2011) **

Dan In Real Life (Dir: Peter Hedges, 2007) ***

Trainspotting (Dir: Danny Boyle, 1996) *****

Stoker (Dir: Park Chan-Wook, 2013) *****

Les Miserables (Dir: Tom Hooper, 2012) ****

Side Effects (Dir: Steven Soderbergh, 2013) ****

Robot & Frank (Dir: Jake Schreier, 2012) ***

Paper Man (Dir: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney, 2009) ***

Morning Glory (Dir: Roger Michell, 2010) ***

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Dir: Don Scardino, 2013) ****

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Dir: Lasse Hallström, 1993) ****

Adaptation. (Dir: Spike Jonze, 2002) ****

Raising Arizona (Dir: Joel Coen, 1987) *****

Jeff, Who Lives At Home (Dir: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, 2011) ****

Safety Not Guaranteed (Dir: Colin Trevorrow, 2012) *****

The Grey (Dir: Joe Carnahan, 2011) ***

Margin Call (Dir: J.C. Chandor, 2011) ****

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Dir: Daniel Alfredson, 2009) ***

Oz The Great And Powerful (Dir: Sam Raimi, 2013) ***