The Great Buck Howard
is a very agreeable "feel good" movie and as such should find favor with a great many of those who view it. The story, which is in the tradition of other "behind the scenes with a difficult talent" films as My Favorite Year
, concerns an aging mentalist -- do not call him a magician, please -- named Buck Howard (John Malkovich), who was once at the top of the heap but is now reduced to playing to small, if appreciative, audiences far from the big time. His new road manager, Troy (Colin Hanks), has joined Buck because he is floating aimlessly after dropping out of law school and is trying to "find himself." Working with Buck is an ed...