Magic Mike

(R) ★★★★☆

Director Steven Soderbergh’s film, which is loosely based on producer/star Channing Tatum’s own experience as a male stripper, is actually a nimble, enjoyable and well put-together workplace comedy. Mike (Tatum) works construction by day and strips by night at Club Xquisite, run by ex-stripper Dallas (a devilish Matthew McConaughey). When Mike befriends The Kid (Alex Pettyfer), he reveals the strip world to him, while also taking a liking to his older sister (Cody Horn). For what it is, it is great.

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Rock of Ages

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Rock of Ages

By Tribune Media Services

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆ The year is 1987; the place is L.A.’s Bourbon Room, whose debaucheries have drawn the ire of the clean-it-up! Mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). All is riding on soul-spent rocker Stacie Jaxx (Tom Cruise). While the owner (Alec Baldwin) frets, young love blooms between two employees (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta). While Cruise is certainly a sight, there’s something off in director Adam Shankman’s tone and pacing, leaving this a long way from true, trashy exhilaration.



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