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A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in ... See full summary »

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Angelo
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Tina
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Packy
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Ramone
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A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped, and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her. Written by Blumhouse

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Rated R for language throughout, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »
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$250,000 (estimated)

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$1,701,785 (USA) (28 April 2017)

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$3,847,290 (USA) (19 May 2017)
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The plot climax relies on the power of an electron magnet. The power pack and the wires are all to create a more powerful magnet. Magnets work on substances with iron in them. They have no effect on plastics or nearly all other metals, such as lead or aluminum. Bullets usually lead or brass and certainly the bullets used in the gun at the end would not have been affected by any magnet. See more »

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"Sleight" is a ridiculous mixture of action, drama and fantasy.
5 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Sleight" (R, 1:29) is a good name for a crappy film. This one-word title is usually heard in the phrase "sleight of hand" (pronounced like "slight of hand"), which refers to digital dexterity (as in the digits, or fingers, of a person's hand), useful in various forms of deception. Sleight of hand is a talent valuable to cardsharps and magicians, but is most often associated with the latter. When magicians use sleight of hand, it's called "close-up magic" or "micromagic", which is performed for small groups of people in close proximity to the magician, who entertains his audience by using his highly developed fine motor skills to manipulate small objects like cards, coins, dice, cups and balls, etc. to create an amusing and/or confounding illusion, often accompanied by a story. Another term for sleight of hand is prestidigitation, but, calling "Sleight" by that word would have made matters worse by giving this bad movie a bad title.

Bo (rising star Jacob Latimore, previously seen in "Collateral Beauty", "The Maze Runner" and "Ride Along") is smart, talented, loving… and struggling. His L.A. high school science teacher (Frank Clem) mentored Bo to the point where he earned a college scholarship, but was unable to take advantage of the opportunity. When Bo's mother died, he turned his focus to taking care of his little sister, Tina (Storm Reid), and keeping a roof over their heads. Bo did all this by earning tips as a street magician during the day and dealing drugs for wannabe big-shot Angelo (Dulé Hill) at night, while a neighbor named Georgi (SNL's Sasheer Zamata) watches Tina. Bo says that he just wants to save enough money to move him and Tina to a better neighborhood, where she could go to a "better school" and be around "better people". In pursuit of this goal, he physically alters his body to help him perform better tricks – while he also finds that he's getting drawn deeper into Angelo's world than he ever wanted to go.

As Bo is dealing with all of that, he begins dating a college student and part-time bakery employee named Holly (Seychelle Gabriel), whom he met (and impressed) when he performed a trick for her on an L.A. street. Holly and Bo grow close quickly and she also easily bonds with Tina, who looks at Holly as if Holly were the older sister that Tina never had. As sweet as Holly is, she's also an enabler. She makes excuses for her abusive single mother and is surprisingly understanding when she finds out that Bo is a street magician AND drug dealer. Holly supports Bo's efforts to break free from the downward spiral of his life and offers to help, even as Bo encourages Holly to break free from her mother's abuse. We never see Holly's mother, so it's difficult to know how tough declaring her independence from her mother might be, but it's very clear that Angelo and his two goons aren't going to let Bo go very easily – if at all.

"Sleight" is a ridiculous mixture of action, drama and fantasy. Writer/director J.D. Dillard (who, prior to this movie, only had a few short films under his belt) sets his story squarely in the real world, but then features science that ranges from improbable to impossible (with no explanation of how Bo is able to do the things he does) and gives us characters who make decisions that range from random to illogical to laughable. Besides all that, the combination, in the person of Bo, of a genius street magician and a timid drug dealer just doesn't work and comes off as scatterbrained. It's as if Dillard (or his co-writer, the even less experienced Alex Theurer) had two separate strange dreams on different nights and convinced each other that putting them together would make a good movie. It doesn't. And it doesn't help that the acting from most of the cast is barely passable in service to characters and a script which would take much stronger performances to make believable. I wish I could have mastered the sleight of hand necessary to get a movie ticket without giving up my hard-earned cash to see this stinker. "D"


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