REVIEW: Now You See Me 2

Photo: Summit Entertainment

Photo: Summit Entertainment

Chris Luckett

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

REVIEW: Neighbors

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Frat movies don’t generally get much respect, often because they’re more concerned with bacchanalia than believability. Even the best ones, like National Lampoon’s Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, or Old School, ultimately turn into competitions against rival frats or wars with crusty deans.

Neighbors, the new movie from director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek), cleverly avoids falling into frat traps by not — despite its outward appearances — actually being a frat movie. It’s about something much deeper than that.

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