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Staff Picks: MAGIC MIKE XXL
July 24, 2017 @ 8:45 pm
As a throwback to the good ol’ days when Videology was just a video store, we’re going back to our roots for our new Staff Picks series. Staff Picks is a chance for the whole Videology team, beyond just the programming staff, to flex their cinematic muscles and give The People what they really want.
First up, MAGIC MIKE XXL. The beauty of the first MAGIC MIKE (Soderbergh, 2012) is that it tricked audiences into thinking they were simply going to watch two hours of Channing Tatum stripping, when in reality they got a movie about the broken, post-2008 economy and the things it drives people to do. With MAGIC MIKE XXL, Gregory Jacobs (Soderbergh’s longtme 1st AD) does away with all that, leaving audiences with the movie they really wanted from the beginning. Yet somehow XXL isn’t the lesser film. It might even be better. It’s the EASY RIDER of the 21st century. It is progressive, it is inclusive, it is kind, but above all, it’s a really good time. -Stephen Kuhn, Event Manager
Dir. Gregory Jacobs. 2015. 115 min.