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One of the oldest maxims in magic is you never do the same trick twice. You can fool an audience the first time, when they don’t know where the slight of hand is coming from or how, but after that, spectators are looking too closely to be fooled so easily. As entertaining as Now You See Me 2 is — and it truly is — it’s also convincing proof that twice can be one time too many. Continue reading
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In the last two decades, romantic comedies have learned to add drama, killer music, and realistic dialogue to create richer and more evocative experiences on film. (See: Chasing Amy, High Fidelity, Garden State, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and 500 Days of Summer.) (Seriously, see them.)
The F Word (or the more generically titled What If, in the U.S.) follows that same path, but still manages to keep one foot planted in the mentality of pre-‘90s rom-coms like When Harry Met Sally… and Moonstruck. Oddly, instead of seeming of two time periods, The F Word finds a happy blend of the two styles and ends up being one of the better romantic comedies of the last few years.