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MAGIC MIKE (R)

RUSS
If the Chippendale's boys appeal to you, then “Magic Mike” might be your slice of beefcake. But the hard R-rated story, inspired by Channing Tatum’s own experiences, is a decadent dud.
SHAWN
Hey ladies there isn't much to like about "Magic Mike" except the racy and dance scenes. Wait who cares about the story. Right ladies? So I guess the the overload of dancing is a good thing. Have fun. In terms of a movie nothing magical about Mike -- except the dancing. Channing Tatum is likable and Matthew McConaheuy is a big ol' always naked ham.
RUSS
Director Steven Soderbergh’s gritty filmmaking technique gives it a sense of realism, but “Magic Mike” will seem meandering and dull to those who don’t care about corny strip routines. Even those who go for a naughty ‘girls night out’ soiree may be disappointed.

SHAWN
The only extra material on the DVD release will be a Backstage on Magic Mike featurette. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo release will also include extended dance scenes, and a Dance Play mode that allows you to play all the dance sequences back to back including footage that was too hot for the movie.
RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (R)
 
RUSS
According to a goofy new Hollywood splatter-fest, the Great Emancipator was really a great eviscerator. In “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” the 16th President is depicted as an axe-wielding killer of the bloodsucking undead.This visually striking movie contains couple of impressive action sequences. But the movie is as serious as a corpse and it’s a one-note affair that lacks a dramatic arc. It also aims to make some kind of social commentary by equating the evil of slavery with vampirism…and that’s a very slippery slope.
 
SHAWN
More fun than I was expecting and more serious than I was expecting. But this faux historical mash-up has many moments of cinematic pleasure and a few moments of dullness. Not much in the extras department. But I do like Linkin Park and you get their music video. Nothing else cool which is too bad for a title like this.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
SAVAGES
RUSS
Director Oliver Stone returns to form with the violent opus, “Savages,” a taut and involving drugland suspense drama. It's gritty and, well, savage. Too bad that it's overlong and is saddled with a cop out ending.

SHAWN

Not director Oliver Stone's best but even mediocre Oliver Stone is better than most as a pair of surfer dude drug dealers tangled up in a love triangle go toe to toe with a Mexican drug cartel and a way over the top DEA agent played nicely by John Travolta. Nothing special about the bonus features except the commentary with Oliver Stone. His commentary is always insightful and extremely entertaining. The Blu-ray exclusive features are a five-part featurette and deleted scenes.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (R)
 
RUSS
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star in the offbeat apocalyptic comedy, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” It’s very uneven, but Steve Carell’s sharp performance gives it a boost.
SHAWN
Just didn't find the movie engaging at all. And Steve Carell has been much funnier.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags
SECRET OF THE WINGS (G)
 
RUSS
Disney’s fourth direct-to-video feature starring Tinkerbell is a bit confusing plot-wise, but this beautifully produced animated fantasy should appeal to it’s target audience of very young girls.
SHAWN
Young girls will love it. Was there a plot?
 
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

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