If you’re not planning on joining the senior superhero clique with The Expendables 3 this weekend, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn’t bring out the Cowabunga! in you, there are three movies going national for people who don’t demand explosions. Woody Allen’s decidedly un-blockbuster Magic in the Moonlight, the fascinating Boyhood by Richard Linklater, and Daniel Radcliffe all grown up (yet again!) in a romcom called What If.
In Allen’s Magic, the enchanting Emma Stone has found her perfect role and critics are saying abracadabra! Plus you get to go back in time–to Zelda-era flappers on the Cote d’Azur before the Wall Street tumble of ’29. Radcliffe’s star shines bright too–What If is “lovely with charm” and wins great praise for co-star Zoe Kazan. Linklater’s award-winning, 12-years-in-the-making masterpiece, Boyhood, is serious fare. This one does have explosions, but they are all emotional.