Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007, USA) C-93m. SCOPE ** D: Zach Helm. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, Zach Mills, Ted Ludzik. Children's fantasy drama about a 243-year-old toy store owner (Hoffman), who feels his time has come, hiers accountant Bateman and wants his self-conscious store manager (Portman) to take over his magical store. Sounds intriguing but film's a misfire, it never reaches its full potential. Portman's character remains flat, and there's not enough humor or excitement. Written by the director.

© Ron Altman