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12 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT GOT GAS? WANT GAS? It just takes one call to get started. Two 45kg LPG Cylinders including 6 months cylinder rental $195! Conditions apply. Offer is for New Customers only and a 24mth minimum term applies 03 546 6336 CALL ROCKGAS 5422920AB 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 and 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. 1/2 (out of five) Also screening: The Wolverine (M) Better than the first Wolverine movie. 1/2 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 Pres- tige. 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 Horse- men take the world by storm when, during their first show, they appear to magically transport a member 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 particularly 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 upcoming drama Out of the Furnace is anything to go by, next year could be the one he finally scores Oscar glory. You read it here first. International doco fundraiser night A beer and curry movie fund- raiser is being held at the Wakapuaka Community Hall tomorrow night to raise money for Hira Kindergarten and the Kenbe La Foundation. Kae Bennetts said the documentary A Small Act would be shown at the fundraiser. The multi-award winning documentary features a young Kenyan s life which changes drastically when his education is spon- sored by a Swedish stranger. To repay the life-changing kindness he was shown, years later he founds his own scholarship program to help other struggling families provide their children with an education. Kae said beer from McCashins Brewery would be available and a vegetarian curry made by one of the kindy fathers, Virat Vij, who owns The Curry House, would be provided for the evening fundraiser. The inside of the hall will be decorated with artwork by children from the kinder- garten. Kae said Hira Kindergarten was committed to quality early childhood education as a firm foundation for children and people, it also has a strong environmental and ecological focus, often utilising recycled materials. It has also been very supportive and involved with Purple Cake Day. The evening starts at 6.30pm. Tickets $20, includes beer or wine, movie and curry.
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