This week, the Scottscope roundtable reviews the magical caper film Now You See Me! Does it have anything more to offer than just an intriguing premise? Is the talented cast wasted? Is Morgan Freeman playing yet another variation of the proverbial “magical negro”**? Has Jesse Eisenberg been hopelessly typecast? Are caper movies becoming one of the most clichéd and overworked genres in modern movies?
We’ll also be celebrating the 25 anniversary of Boogie Down Productions classic sophomore album, By All Means Necessary! Does it still rank as one of the greatest politically conscious rap albums of all time? How does it stack up against Nation of Millions and Death Certificate? Did KRS-1’s drastic change of course from Criminal Minded pay off in the long run? Was he right to change his image and lyrical content in light of Scott La Rock’s death? Does the album’s coverart trivialize the struggle and legacy of Malcolm X?