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: Rio 2

Image: Twentieth Century Fox

Image: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

Avian animation has a spotty track record. For every Chicken Run, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, or Surf’s Up, there’s a Free Birds, Valiant, or Happy Feet 2. The first Rio had a great many flaws, but was still a competent movie. Rio 2 has fewer overall problems on a narrative or technical level, but the main issue the movie has is so critical that it deflates the film. Continue reading