New on DVD: ‘Now You See Me’

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DVD Now You See Me: The razzle dazzles but the smoke never quite hides the mirrors in this super-slick heist picture that demonstrates, once again, how tough it is to make “magic” work as a movie subject.A quartet of street hustlers and rising stars from the various corners of the magic trade are recruited by a mysterious figure for a series of epic stunts. Billing themselves as “The Four Horsemen,” misdirection man Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and his former assistant Henley (Isla Fisher), “mentalist” Merritt (Woody Harrelson) and card-sharp Jack (Dave Franco) star in magic “events,” catching the imagination of the world and their super-rich promoter (Michael Caine). “Tonight,” they announce, “we’re going to rob a bank.” Which they do, a continent away, raining currency down on an audience that appreciates a bank getting its just deserts. A lot is riding on momentum in this Louis Leterrier ( Clash of the Titans/The Transporter) thriller. But it never gets up a good head of steam. On DVD and Blu-ray.

— Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Also new: Sharknado; Blancanieves; Stories We Tell; From Up on Poppy Hill; The Lords of Salem; The Iceman; Empire State; Arthur Newman; Spartacus: War of the Damned: The Complete Third Season

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