We are living in a strange time. One would think that in the 21st century, the humans that populate this planet would have learned something over the ages about tolerance. Instead we just see more and more instances of intolerance in our own country and around the world. The recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shed a light once again on the lengths some people will go to in order to further their own agenda on the rest of us.
Usually when a message-movie like Selma is released during the holiday season, the first thing I think of is “shameless Oscar grab.” But Selma is definitely anything but a brazen attempt by a filmmaker to win an award. Selma truly is the most important movie you will see this year.
In Magic in the Moonlight (Sony Pictures Classics), one of Woody Allen’s subtlest comedies ever, the writer/director revisits the past, specifically the 1920s, a period of which he is especially fond (see Midnight In Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, Zelig, and Shadows and Fog). This time out he tells the tale of skeptical but accomplished English magician Stanley (Colin Firth), who performs in Chinese costuming as Wei Ling Soo. When he’s not making elephants disappear or slicing women in half, Stanley vigorously debunks spiritualists.
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