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It's Time To Take Channing Tatum Seriously

In the last few years, I’ve noticed a funny trend. My friends and I will be talking affectionately about Channing Tatum’s movies—usually, the Jump Street films—and the other person will suddenly get quiet, like he’s about to make some dark, embarrassing confession to me. “You know, what?” he’ll invariably say, almost… »7/02/15 1:33pm7/02/15 1:33pm

Magic Mike XXL Wants To Be A Feminist Fantasy, And Almost Succeeds

I was fully prepared for the bulges, for the leather thongs that wagged and bounced with every pelvic thrust from one of Magic Mike XXL’s stripper superheroes. I was ready for the more impromptu gyrations, too, like when Mike uses his rippling arms to drill nails into a workshop table, or when the character named BDR… »7/01/15 3:12pm7/01/15 3:12pm

Despicable Us: Foxcatcher, Reviewed

Foxcatcher is a movie about America, but what makes it so compelling is that you don't realize it at first. Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), the film is too subtle—and, frankly, too strange—to explicitly make some simple, overarching, grandiose statement. And yet, when you replay it in your head… »11/13/14 10:44am11/13/14 10:44am

Mo' Meta Blues: 22 Jump Street, Reviewed

1. How much credit are we supposed to give a movie for being self-aware? 22 Jump Street is so self-conscious and nervy about its status as an unnecessary cash-grab sequel that it never stops bringing it up. There are multiple inside-baseball asides about how much more expensive missions are the second time around, and… »6/13/14 1:50pm6/13/14 1:50pm

Been There, Bombed That. White House Down, Reviewed.

Die Hard was a brilliant concept for an action movie that's been much duplicated since: Die Hard on a bus (Speed); Die Hard in a hockey rink (Sudden Death); Die Hard on a battleship (Under Siege). But what a lot of the copycats forget is that it's not the claustrophobic location that made the original film so great,… »6/26/13 5:25pm6/26/13 5:25pm

The Steven Soderbergh Experience: Brilliant, Modest, Fiercely Intelligent, Ultimately Disappointing

"I was watching one of those iconoclast shows on the Sundance Channel. Jamie Oliver said Paul Smith had told him something he hadn't understood until very recently: 'I'd rather be No.  2 forever than No.  1 for a while.' Just make stuff and don't agonize over it. Stop worrying about being No. 1. I see a lot of people… »2/06/13 6:32pm2/06/13 6:32pm

Steven Soderbergh Whips It Out. Magic Mike, Reviewed.

As Steven Soderbergh gets closer to the retirement he swears will be happening next year, it's tempting for us who love his movies to wish he'd go out with one last major opus, some sort of legacy-defining masterpiece. So maybe that's why it's good that he clearly doesn't seem interested in doing any such thing. Many… »6/27/12 4:00pm6/27/12 4:00pm