Excerpt: If the only role Channing Tatum is capable bringing anything like charisma, humanism and likeability to is an aging male stripper, we still get a good movie out of it and that is almost worth all of the “Dear Johns” in the world.
Excerpt: My wife must not know what to think of me. I mean really, her husband has been looking forward to a movie about male strippers! Male strippers! All kidding aside, I really am a fan of pretty much anything Stephen Soderbergh puts out. Even his lesser-known films have intrigued me. So when I saw the previews for Magic Mike , starring Channing Tatum (whose been in just about every movie in the last two years), I really didn’t know what to think.
Excerpt: The Film We're used to seeing Matthew McConaughey sans shirt. However, there's finally a movie that actually calls for McConaughey to show off those perpetually glistening abs. And glisten they do, but McConaughey is not the main character in Magic Mike . That title role goes to Channing Tatum ( 21 Jump Street ), who supposedly based the film on his own pre-movie stripping experiences.
Conclusion: Believe me, I didn't think I'd being able to tolerate 'Magic Mike,' much less enjoy it. Steven Soderbergh can craft a sly character drama out of any genre, and he's done it again here. He's created a darkly humorous cautionary tale where a much-maligned actor like Channing Tatum can actually do what he does best – dance and be funny. If you weren't going to give this movie a chance I'd urge you to give it a shot, especially if you're a Soderbergh fan.
Excerpt: Construction worker. Stripper. Aspiring furniture maker. Entrepreneur. Mike Martingano (Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street ) is a 30 year old Tampa resident who has the world by its satin g-string covered balls. He's at the top of his game, with his eyes on the prize, raising enough cash to convince the bank he's right for a small business loan that would make his dream of producing high end custom furniture come true.
Summary: 2012 has been quite the year for Step Up alum Channing Tatum. Slick, sinewy surprise Haywire featured the actor in a small but explosive role. Sleepy, sappy romance The Vow broke Valentine's Day records and pulled in $200 million worldwide. Blindingly funny action-comedy 21 Jump Street left audiences in stitches, killed at the box office, and easily stands as one of the best comedies of the year.
Excerpt: “The law says you mustn't touch. But I see a lot of lawbreakers in the audience tonight...and not a cop in sight.” Thus Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) in the opening scene, or prologue, if you will of Magic Mike . After that, subdivided into month captions, Steven Soderbergh's film settles on two lead characters. In present-day Tampa, Florida, nineteen-year-old Adam (Alex Pettyfer) is out of work and sleeping on his sister's couch.
Excerpt: Florida, no matter how old you are, is where you go to feel younger, whether it's retirees recreating summer camp with long days full of games or twenty-somethings reliving the days of spring break with all-nighters at the club. With no seasons and acres of startlingly identical architecture, Florida-- or more specifically Tampa, the setting of Magic Mike -- is a place where the good life is also a holding pattern, where you start doing one thing that feels great and...