Woody Allen's latest: a dalliance with the unseen

The story arc may be his way of saying the rational doesn't always rule, says GEOFFREY EU

NOW that he's fast approaching 80, it's no longer realistic for Woody Allen to play the romantic lead in his own movies. He continues to churn out films at a rate of roughly one a year, but these days, he relies on younger surrogates to mouth his words. In Magic in the Moonlight, Allen's 44th feature film (and counting), Colin Firth steps into a role in which the director might once have cast himself.

As master magician Stanley Crawford, Firth plays a pompous snob with a caustic wit, an unshakable...

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