Magicians (15)

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David Mitchell and Robert Webb, the ubiquitous British comedy double act, star in Magicians (90 mins, 15) as an estranged end-of-the-pier conjuring duo who grudgingly reunite for a magic competition on Jersey, four years after their partnership came to its bloody, Prestige-style conclusion. The film is scripted by the writers of Peep Show, Mitchell and Webb's Channel 4 sitcom, but while Peep Show's episodes are usually as intricately plotted as any film, Magicians is as patchy and padded as a TV Christmas special. It has some very funny lines, but it's closer to The Parole Officer than Shaun of the Dead.