Tasman Leader : August 8th 2013
12 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT/NEWS August Art Sale Huge reductions on many items Great for gifts Art in The City Glassons arcade 200 Trafalgar St www.marilynandrewsart.co.nz to learn more phone 03 546 2835 Get your ads working for you Useful tips for advertising #39 Think of Coca Cola or McDonalds. These advertisers are still advertising even though they are already leaders in their fields. If they were to stop there will always be competitors that would happily take their place at the top. When times are good KEEP ADVERTISING When times are bad KEEP ADVERTISING MOVIE REVIEW: NOW YOU SEE ME Abracadabra: From left, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco as magicians in Now You See Me. Magic, money, mystery, mayhem Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW MISSED A REVIEW? To read all Matt's recent reviews, watch trailers and post comments, jump online and head to theleader.co.nz BOTTOM LINE: It's fun. 1G2 (out of five) Also screening: The Wolverine (M) Better than the first Wolverine movie. 1G2 If you're anything like me then the word magic doesn't exactly leave you breathless with excitement. For some reason I never went through the magician stage as a kid. The whole pull- ing bunnies from hats and sawing ladies in half business just never did it for me. In fact, I find it all a little creepy. Intellectually I appreciate the skill magicians have but emotionally I've always found them hard to engage with. I could be wrong but I suspect that most filmmakers feel the same way. Magicians remain big draw cards in places like Vegas but the only time you see them in movies is in period pieces like The Illusionist and The Prestige. That's one of the reasons Now You See Me (M) is a little different from your average Hollywood movie. Another is that it features a sprawling cast of excellent actors. Now You See Me stars Michael Caine, Morgan Free- man, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent. James Franco's little brother Dave also makes an appearance. Ostensibly a heist film, Now You See Me features Eisen- berg, Fisher, Harrelson and Franco as four magicians who are recruited by a mysterious hoody-clad benefactor and set up as a slick act called The Four Horsemen. The Horsemen take the world by storm when, during their first show, they appear to magically transport a mem- ber of the audience back to his hometown of Paris to help them rob a bank. They then shower the appreciative crowd with the stolen money. Not surprisingly they are soon the subjects of an inves- tigation led by Ruffalo as an FBI man and Laurent as a French Interpol agent. Caine plays a businessman who puts money into the Hor- semen's show while Freeman appears as a former magician who makes a living exposing how other magicians' tricks work. The more the Horsemen perform, the more sensational their money liberating stunts become and the more deter- mined the authorities get to bring them down. Now You See Me represents a welcome change of direction for French director Louis Leterrier who cut his teeth on the first Transporter films. A stylish filmmaker, Leter- rier gives Now You See Me a blockbuster feel without fall- ing into the usual trap of overdoing it with computer- generated effects. The film features the requi- site car chase sequence with a predictable level of vehicular carnage but, mercifully, it doesn't leave the audience feeling like they've suffered a head injury. Another plus is that while much of the plot is ridiculous, the cast look like they're hav- ing fun. There are probably too many characters but the actors playing them are all so charming, you won't really mind. Harrelson is particu- larly good as a guy with a gift for figuring out what people are thinking and then telling the world about it. Popular with directors but widely undervalued for his dramatic skills, Harrelson is one of the best character actors around and if the trailer for the upco- ming drama Out of the Fur- nace is anything to go by, next year could be the one he finally scores Oscar glory. You read it here first. 'Fun, positive' protest Protesters are planning to gather outside the hotel where Prime Minister John Key will address the annual National Party conference in Nelson on Saturday. But it will not be your average protest, says Nadine Connock, one of the organisers. The Rally for Democracy at the Ruth- erford Hotel will be fun and positive, offering solutions to problems rather than just getting frustrated, said Nadine. People want something to hope for, and for change to happen in their com- munities,'' she says. They are disappointed and frustrated with the National Government's failure to listen to them on such issues as the GCSB spy bill, charter schools and the undermining of local council decisions relating to GE-free principle.'' The rally has no political affiliation, she says. I'm just a person that has a voice and would like to represent what a lot of people are thinking and feeling.'' As well as the 11am rally on Saturday, protesters were organising a series of events this week, including a coffin pro- cession''. Saturday's rally starts at 11am outside the Rutherford Hotel on Nile Street West and runs until 1pm.
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