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Film Reviews: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), 2 Guns (2013), and Stoker (2013)
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013). Directed by Don Scardino. The film is initially set in 1982. Albert is bullied in school, lots. His Mum buys him a set of magic tricks for his birthday, and shows the tricks to another bullied boy at school that he befriends. The film moves forward to current day, and Albert (Steve Carell) is now Burt, and a successful Las Vegas magician, with his old school friend Anton (Steve Buscemi). The first 45 minutes or so of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone are fun, setting up the story. Unfortunately the film goes downhill from here with a slow pace and clichéd story. What's left is a rather average albeit watchable story, if you're in the mood for some black comedy. 3/5 (Average)

2 Guns (2013). Based on the comic by Steven Grant, and directed by Baltasar Kormákur. The film starts with two guys (Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington) in a diner opposite a bank, discussing how they're going to rob said bank. I thought 2 Guns was a fun action romp. Both Wahlberg and Washington are good in their respective roles, with an equally good supporting cast. There's a good pace throughout and enough twists to keep things interesting. For those who need some action it's definitely worth a spin. 4/5 (Good)

Stoker (2013). Written by Wentworth Miller and directed by Park Chan-wook. The film is told in flashback by India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), an 18-year old girl. The story starts with the death of her father in a car accident, and her odd uncle (Matthew Goode) suggests moving into the house with her and her mother (Nicole Kidman). Stoker is an odd tale. Mostly it's slow paced and relying on the strange atmosphere setup between India and her uncle. Both direction and cinematography are good. For me the pace was sufficiently slow that I got bored fairly quickly, particularly with Wasikowska's pouty looks to camera. The three actors did carry the film though. Kidman was well cast as the rather flaky mother, as was Goode as the peculiar uncle. For those who enjoy odd slow burners. 3/5 (Average)
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