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Magic Mike - 28/6/2012 8:51:45 AM   
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- 9/7/2012 8:37:41 AM   
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Reading that review above one would expect 3 stars tops. Yet you gave it four? Four stars when you have given 3 or less to actual movies? what is it with empire these dayz?

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- 9/7/2012 9:44:36 AM   
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Smakris, did you actually READ Kim's review…?

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Guilt Free! - 9/7/2012 10:59:49 AM   
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Very happy about the 4 star rating here, normally I have to shuffle into these sorts of films with a hat pulled surrupticiously over my eyes in case anyone I know sees me, but now the whole thing can be guilt-free, thanks Empire!

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RE: Magic Mike - 12/7/2012 6:37:52 PM   
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As he approaches his retirement from filmmaking, director Steven Soderbergh, who has a long diverse CV, is on a roll from last yearís Contagion to early this year with Haywire. While this summer is currently dominated by the big superhero flicks like Avengers Assemble and The Amazing Spider-Man, itís good that Soderberghís latest about male strippers is getting much attention, not least from a thong-wearing Channing Tatum.

Partly based on the actorís former experience as a stripper, Tatum plays Michael ďMagic MikeĒ Lane, a professional who teaches the younger Adam (Alex Pettyfer) the nature of his ways. Whilst he has a fling with Adamís sister Brooke (Cody Horn), Michael has bigger ambitions than just being a stripper for the rest of his life.

For a movie that humourlessly explores the inner-workings of male stripping, in terms of the muscular figures shaving every piece of their hair and creating a different themed performance, you might think this will satisfy the female audience, much like the customers of the club Xquisite. However, whilst Magic Mike does go far with the nudity without going full frontal, it will appeal to everyone, much like the British hit The Full Monty.

At the filmís heart, Channing Tatum is terrific as the eponymous Mike who enjoys the lifestyle of partying, picking up women and making easy money. Despite the entertainment he brings to the young women, he wishes to start a big business but canít due to professional and personal issues, such as the rocking partnership with Adam. Whilst giving a fine dramatic performance, Tatum also shows off his comedic talent, as shown in not only the humorous stripping scenes, but stands out when he is dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

As a narrative, Reid Carolinís script isnít entirely original despite its funny premise, certainly as the film becomes approaches its climax, the characters succumb to booze and drugs, which feels like a standard endpoint. On the other hand, whilst Soderbergh shows the extravaganza of the stripping scenes, he brings the very best out of his actors, such as Alex Pettyfer who takes a dark path, and Cody Horn who has a charming chemistry with Mr Tatum.

As someone who has been mostly rubbish over the years, Matthew McConaughey is shaping up to be a promising actor following his extraordinary performance from William Friedkinís Killer Joe. In this, McConaughey as the clubís owner Dallas draws the line between funny and scary as he is one for the theatrics, he does embrace the dark side when it comes to business.

Whilst the film falls into familiar ground towards its climax, this is a highly entertaining comedy featuring hilarious muscular dancing, and a well-acted drama showing top performances from Tatum and McConaughey.

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RE: Guilt Free! - 12/7/2012 6:38:28 PM   
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As he approaches his retirement from filmmaking, director Steven Soderbergh, who has a long diverse CV, is on a roll from last yearís Contagion to early this year with Haywire. While this summer is currently dominated by the big superhero flicks like Avengers Assemble and The Amazing Spider-Man, itís good that Soderberghís latest about male strippers is getting much attention, not least from a thong-wearing Channing Tatum.

Partly based on the actorís former experience as a stripper, Tatum plays Michael ďMagic MikeĒ Lane, a professional who teaches the younger Adam (Alex Pettyfer) the nature of his ways. Whilst he has a fling with Adamís sister Brooke (Cody Horn), Michael has bigger ambitions than just being a stripper for the rest of his life.

For a movie that humourlessly explores the inner-workings of male stripping, in terms of the muscular figures shaving every piece of their hair and creating a different themed performance, you might think this will satisfy the female audience, much like the customers of the club Xquisite. However, whilst Magic Mike does go far with the nudity without going full frontal, it will appeal to everyone, much like the British hit The Full Monty.

At the filmís heart, Channing Tatum is terrific as the eponymous Mike who enjoys the lifestyle of partying, picking up women and making easy money. Despite the entertainment he brings to the young women, he wishes to start a big business but canít due to professional and personal issues, such as the rocking partnership with Adam. Whilst giving a fine dramatic performance, Tatum also shows off his comedic talent, as shown in not only the humorous stripping scenes, but stands out when he is dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

As a narrative, Reid Carolinís script isnít entirely original despite its funny premise, certainly as the film becomes approaches its climax, the characters succumb to booze and drugs, which feels like a standard endpoint. On the other hand, whilst Soderbergh shows the extravaganza of the stripping scenes, he brings the very best out of his actors, such as Alex Pettyfer who takes a dark path, and Cody Horn who has a charming chemistry with Mr Tatum.

As someone who has been mostly rubbish over the years, Matthew McConaughey is shaping up to be a promising actor following his extraordinary performance from William Friedkinís Killer Joe. In this, McConaughey as the clubís owner Dallas draws the line between funny and scary as he is one for the theatrics, he does embrace the dark side when it comes to business.

Whilst the film falls into familiar ground towards its climax, this is a highly entertaining comedy featuring hilarious muscular dancing, and a well-acted drama showing top performances from Tatum and McConaughey.

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Tatum - 14/7/2012 4:10:41 PM   
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Tatum shines here I had begun to like him since Dear John and I believe one of his first films was something like step up and that Tatum used to be a dancer. Mostly Tatum has played tough guy meat heads or broody tough guy romantics and he has been dismissed as one of those actors, in 21 Jump street he proves he can be funny now in magic mike he proves he can play intelligent witty funny and complex. Like I said this guy started to grow on me since Dear John but now Tatum has won my affections.

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didn't like the sister - 14/7/2012 11:27:57 PM   
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She was a sour face, moody, not even that attractive, boring, nobody. Yes the 3rd act is a bore, but it's pretty fun overall.

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RE: didn't like the sister - 21/7/2012 5:21:15 PM   
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First act was really quite funny and Channing Tatum was very engaging and charming.

Beyond that it fell flat, and any seen in which Cody Horn appeared she immediately sucked the life from. She was void of personality and thus rendered a good majority of the film painfully dull.

Also, off topic, but why do people put full 'Reviews' into the comments section? Are they expecting an editor at Empire to go "Oh wow, give this man a job!"?

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You gotta be kidding! - 19/3/2013 3:39:44 PM   
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Watched this film the other night.. talk about misleading reviews.. there was nothing funny or entertaining about it! Load of rubbish.. even channing Tatum's sexy butt couldn't save this lame and boring dross.

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