Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina and Teresa Palmer
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets)
Story: Balthazar Blake is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler, a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." (Walt Disney Pictures)
Rated: PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor and brief language
Bottom Line: All the good will earned in the first half through solid special effects, chemistry and laughs is completely swip-swapped for lazy storytelling, regurgitated visuals and yawn-inducing, save-the-world circumstances in the second half. I’d love to see THIS apprentice weasel its way out of Donald Trump’s board room. Ya’ fired!