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Review: 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Two stars

There have long been notable connections between filmmakers and magicians. Houdini became a film star, Orson Welles delighted in performing magic (sometimes on film), and stand-up performers turned actor-directors Steve Martin and Woody Allen have also shown a marked interest in magic and affectionately spoofing it. But while Allen's new film "Magic in the Moonlight" literally has an illusionist in it, the picture figuratively lacks the magic the filmmaker promises.

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