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Magic Mike XXL is Stripped of Story & Style

Three years ago, Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh’s passion project, Magic Mike hit theaters and became an instant hit. Loosely based on Tatum’s real-life experience as a male stripper, the movie earned over $167 million, off the small budget of only $7 million. So, it is no surprise that a sequel would be made, eventually. Magic Mike XXL is directed by Gregory Jacobs, the first film’s producer and assistant director.

Joe Manganiello and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL

Joe Manganiello and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL follows Mike (Channing Tatum), who after three years out of the stripper life, rejoins the remaining Kings of Tampa and hit the road for a last blow-out show in Myrtle Beach.

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THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER, FOCUS, and JUPITER ASCENDING Blu-Ray/DVD Review

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Channing Tatum Confirms GAMBIT Movie Will Be an Origin Story

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Movie of the Week: THE BOOK OF LIFE

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Casting Call Reveals Wolverine and Gambit will be in X-MEN APOCALYPSE

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Magic Mike XXL Official Trailer Review

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Jupiter Ascending Descends to Disaster

In 1999, the world was introduced to Neo—The One. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, hopefully the title, The Matrix, will. That’s right, it has been nearly 16 years since the Wachowski Siblings introduced the world to one of the most recognizable action movies off all-time. Going forward their names would always be held in high regard, but unfortunately the siblings have never reached the heights of their earlier films. However, now the siblings bring their new space opera, Jupiter Ascending, to the big screen hoping to surprise and entertain fans like just they did in 1999.

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending follows the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a poor caretaker, who discovers that humans are not alone on this planet. She learns this from a genetically engineered hunter by the name of Caine (Channing Tatum), who explains to her that she is next in line for an extraordinary inheritance because of her genetic signature—Earth.

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Foxcatcher Wrestles with Emotions

At one point in Bennett Miller’s poignant and powerful Foxcatcher, John du Pont declares the importance of a coach, “A coach is a father, a coach is a mentor, a coach has great power on an athlete’s life”. While these words definitely sum up what your typical coach/athlete relationship is like, this film does more than enough to separate itself from the traditional sports drama. In this moment, this quote really sums up du Pont’s greatest delusion. Foxcatcher is a chilling tale of people hoping for greatness. They desire to be heroes, winners, and champions, but in the end no matter how much they give they feel like it will never be their best. This constant feeling of failure looms large for du Pont and his athlete, Mark Schultz, and it is ultimately the start of their own self-hatred. Led by terrific performances by the three leads Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, Bennett Miller has created one of the best films of the year that shows you the pain of two disturbed and lost individuals.

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, which is based on true events, follows the unlikely relationship between Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler, Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), and the multi-millionaire heir to the du Pont estate, John du Pont (Steve Carell). When John du Pont invites Mark to his estate in order to offer him the chance to prepare and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Mark eagerly accepts the offer. The two develop a special relationship that is driven by the need to win. Mark hopes to step out of his brother’s (Mark Ruffalo) shadow, and du Pont is motivated by wanting to be respected by all, especially his disapproving mother. However, their relationship soon turns toxic and not even winning Gold can prevent a tragic outcome.

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The Book of Life

In February of 2012, a film called “Day of the Dead,” was going to be produced by Guillermo del Toro. Later that year, the production company, Reel FX announced the film would be released in the beginning of October. One year later, and the company announces they are pushing the film back. However, it’s now October of 2014 and what is now called, “The Book of Life,” directed by Jorge Gutierrez, is here for the public to enjoy even from the afterlife.

Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana

Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana in “The Book of Life”

The movie tells the story of two friends, Manolo (Diego Luna) and Joaquín (Channing Tatum), who both are striving to live in the shadows of their families while fighting for the love of Maria (Zoe Saldana).

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22 Jump Street

With the critical and commercial success of their first buddy cop film, 21 Jump Street, and their impending sequel, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have now joined the ranks of previous duos who have starred in more than one buddy cop film. This newest duo are, of course, following the likes of the unlikely partnership of Murphy and Nolte, the crazy adventures of Gibson and Glover, the street smart Smith and Lawrence, and the odd pairing that is Chan and Tucker. The only questions that remain unanswered are how long with the bromance last between Tatum and Hill, and how long will it take the pair to outstay their welcome?

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street

Following their success at bringing down a synthetic drug ring at a local high school, Officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are back at it again. This time, they are going undercover at a local college to crack a case involving a new synthetic drug. Although the duo should be prepared for the same sort of challenge, Schmidt and Jenko fall into different crowds at the college, and they soon begin to question each other’s commitment to the case and their commitment to each other. Can Schmidt and Jenko pull together and work out their differences in time to solve the case, or will their immaturity be what finally breaks them up? 

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