friday flicks

By Drew Wilder | dwilder@wcia.com

Published 08/22 2014 09:28AM

Updated 08/22 2014 09:31AM

If I Stay. (Starts Friday) Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) reaches a personal crossroads when she's thrown into a coma after a car accident and has an out-of-body experience in which she must decide whether she should return to live her life or go on to the afterlife.  Trite and simplistic, this is a film aimed directly at 'tweens who respond to melodramatic situations.  Heavy-handed and clumsily directed, Moretz, though very talented, is forced to utter inane dialogue and look frantic throughout.  This is a waste of her talent and your time. 1 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13.  106 minutes.
 
Magic in the Moonlight (Starts Friday) Colin Firth stars in the latest Woody Allen film as a magician in the late 1920's who's called upon to expose a clairvoyant (Emma Stone) as a fraud in the south of France.  Whimsical and smart, the film benefits greatly from Firth who gives a wonderful performance as a cynic whose convictions are challenged as fails to see through what is an obvious fraud, while Stone is quite good as well as a wide-eyed waif.  3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 97 minutes.

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