Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium | Chicago Reader

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Dustin Hoffman stars as a 243-year-old inventor who presides over a magical toy shop in this seriocomic fable written and directed by Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm. The old man, having decided it's time for him to die, bequeaths the store to his loyal manager (Natalie Portman), an aspiring but unconfident musician, and she develops an instant dislike for the new accountant (Jason Bateman), a humorless workaholic. Like the store, the movie is chockablock with playthings—puns, graphics, and music—that make the life lessons easier to absorb. Credit production designer Therese DePrez and set decorator Clive Thomasson for the marvelous setting, a charmed building with a life of its own. G, 93 min.

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