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zcnd| The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci
Genre: Kids & Family

Running Time: 109
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Studio:  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Nov 2010 Discs:  3 (Cloud) [$44.99]
Reviews:  Who doesn't wish they could unleash fire from their fingertips and make mops come to life? "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" enjoyably captures this fantasy as a young physics student named Dave (Jay Baruchel, "She's Out of My League") learns that he's the inheritor of the powers of Merlin--and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a war between two of Merlin's protégés, Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) and Horvath (Alfred Molina, "Spider-Man 2"). "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is a special-effects blockbuster--but it's a pretty good one, not reaching the charmed heights of "Pirates of the Caribbean" but so much better than "Prince of Persia". It runs out of air toward the end, but before that it's jauntily entertaining, with capable dialogue, clever curlicues of plot, and most importantly delightful performances: Cage maintains a light touch, with enough eccentricity to be interesting but not so much that it derails the momentum; Baruchel continues his nerdy hero streak; supporting performances from Toby Kebbell ("RocknRolla") and Alice Krige (best known as the Borg Queen from "Star Trek") are comic and creepy respectively; Monica Bellucci ("Shoot 'Em Up") and Teresa Palmer ("Bedtime Stories") are mostly eye-candy but likable nonetheless; and Molina, as ever, is the best thing in the movie, playing silky villainy with effortless aplomb. All in all, good fun. "--Bret Fetzer"

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