Children could do worse than spend 88 minutes with MAGIC ISLAND. Their parents could do worse, too, like watching it themselves. The age of 13 years appears to be the absolute cutoff demographic for MAGIC ISLAND, and it's the age of the film's young hero.
Jack Carlisle (Zachary Ty Bryan), a modern kid, tries running away because his widowed careerist mom has little time for him. The savvy family maid gives him a copy of Magic Island, a supernatural storybook whose pages suck him into an 18th-century yarn about fearsome pirate Blackbeard (Andrew
Divoff). He is competing with rival buccaneers to locate a late sorceror's enchanted gold on Magic Island. With ...