‘Magic City’ casts a spell on Starz

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is Ike Evans, thw owner of a high-end Miami Beach hotel that has gotten in too deep with the mob.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is Ike Evans, thw owner of a high-end Miami Beach hotel that has gotten in too deep with the mob.

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The show’s rich 1950s Miami atmosphere serves as a spectacular backdrop for all the intriguing and seductive drama – actually, soap opera. When it premiered last year for its first eight-episode season, “Magic City” was often compared to “The Sopranos,” since the mob – this time the Jewish mob – is bound up with the plot. Danny Huston plays creepy boss Ben Diamond, who owns a chunk of the Miramar Playa, and his anarchic temper recalls the likes of Richie Aprile from the HBO series.

But “Magic City” is a very different beast from “The Sopranos,” so don’t go in expecting that level of character drama and psychological insight. It’s built along more familiar genre storylines that play out like a Harold Robbins novel.

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