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Magic Mike XXL

The naked boys are back in this sequel to the erratically uneven, mildly entertaining male stripper… er… “male entertainer” would-be fleshfest that was the hit 2012 film Magic Mike. Last we saw him, Mike (Channing Tatum) was on his way to becoming an independent businessman: building furniture, quitting stripping, and walking off into the Florida …

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Step Up 3D

It’s kind of funny that there is a formula to dance movies. Doesn’t anyone out there just, you know, dance for fun? To have a good time? Instead, dancing represents your deepest soul, and that ramshackle group of multi-ethnic streets kids in the deepest urban trenches are your true family, especially if you are a …

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Step Up

I’m tempted to dismiss Step Up as a trite and predictable amalgam of every teenage dance movie ever made. The story goes something like this: Good girl meets bad boy. They dance to catchy music, fall in love, realize all of their wildest dreams, and live happily ever after. The end. I could have told …

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A Chorus Line

Now, I’ve never seen A Chorus Line in any incarnation. My only familiarity with it is the unavoidable finale song “One” (“… singular sensation! Every little step she takes!” Go on, sing along!). It is one of those musicals that has toured the world and is probably being performed right now on stage somewhere. But, …

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Wild Style

In the 80s as a suburban kid, my impression of hip-hop and rap came from early hits by Run-DMC and the seminal stinky (but hilarious) breakdancing films Breakin‘, Beatstreet, and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. If you are talking really old hip-hop, I can do the rap in Blondie’s “Rapture”, and do a white girl version …

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Strictly Ballroom

It’s hard to believe that the goofily funny, charmingly romantic, and gloriously, outrageously Australian Strictly Ballroom was Baz Luhrmann’s first film. To hear from the DVD extras, it was a wonder that it got made at all, especially when early critics completely savaged the film. But once audience’s got ahold of this feel-good movie, it …

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Love classic musicals? You’ll drool over the Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals

Warner Bros. continues its celebration of 90 years in the business that is called Show with another fine collection of 20 of their hand-picked films with a theme. This time around the theme is (show of jazz hands) Musicals! Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals covers an impressively massive span of time for …

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