Sometimes, I curse what "Memento" and "The Sixth Sense" have wrought. "Memento" was uniquely twisty and surprising. "The Sixth Sense" had that iconic revelatory ending. Then came all those movies that tried to duplicate the shock and wonder of those two famous films - and, more often than not, failed. The latest is "Now You See Me." It doesn't strictly follow the blueprints of "Memento" or "Sixth Sense" but tries to jolt the audience into a similar state of amazement and "I didn't see THAT coming!" epiphanies. But the illusions in this magic-focused flick engender little but disillusionment. I won't give away too much, but here are the plot basics: Magicians played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco join forces thanks to an unseen person. They devise a way to put on huge performances that involve stealing a great deal of money. It's got a Robin Hood-ish twist, though, since they give the dough to their audience. What's their game? An FBI agent (an increasingly frantic Mark Ruffalo) is chasing them, and a debunking former magician (an always wonderful Morgan Freeman) is trying to figure it all out.
- KRISTINA DORSEY