Is There Magic ‘Round Midnight?

I thought I had a pretty straightforward relationship with Woody Allen. He made movies and I hated them. This was the way it worked for many years, until I saw Match Point and I liked it. And then I saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona and I loved it. Very confusing. But then Whatever Works came out and I went back to hating Allen for being a creepy, ranting old dude who somehow still managed to score impossibly cute young women. But the casting choices for his latest film, Midnight in Paris, have me willing to give the prolific old man another chance. Owen Wilson leads the cast, and this is pretty intriguing. His slow drawl, twinkling affect and cheerful air of detachment make him a stark contrast to Allen's high-maintenance, nebbish characters. In Midnight, Wilson plays a Hollywood screenwriter who is inspired by the City of Lights to reflect on his literary aspirations. The plot, which finds Wilson's character taken back in time to 1920s Paris, is typically fanciful but the talent assembled (including Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody and Rachel McAdams) transcends the overall Woody-ness of the film. Catch it at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50. Visit themodern.org/magnolia.
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