What's New in Theaters This Weekend: June 29, 2012


From Left: Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams (Photos by: Getty Images).Magic Mike
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello

Surely you jest, Mr. Soderbergh! What is a world-class director doing leading a production centered in the world of male stripping? Well, the same question could have been posed to P.T. Anderson about his porn-industry project, Boogie Nights, in 1997. That one turned out all right, to say the least, and my feeling is so will Magic Mike. Beneath every stripper lies a heart of gold just waiting to be given its chance to shine. Seriously, the combined talents of Soderbergh, writer Reid Carolin, McConaughey, and (can't believe I'm saying this) Channing Tatum should make Magic Mike one of 2012's surprise hits.
See it? Yes.



Ted
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane

Another ludicrous idea on paper, Ted is Family Guy mastermind MacFarlane's first foray into live action feature films. His idea? A grown man has a teddy bear for a best friend. As dumb as it sounds, it takes a mind like MacFarlane's to realize the potential of a project like this. Howard the Duck has been done, and done badly, and it takes real guts to say, "I can take a stuffed animal, make him walk and talk and make it funny." He has succeeded, and Ted is actually a well-rounded film. You'll love the bear, he's great.
See it? Yes.
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Beasts of the Southern Wild (Limited)
Directed by: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry

One of the greatest titles in film history and one of the best movies of the year, Beasts of the Southern Wild is not for everyone. However, 6-year-old (now 8-year-old) Quvenzhane Wallis is. She gives one of the most impressive performances by a young actor in recent memory. The film follows her life in "The Bathtub," a tiny community on the wrong side of the levee in post-Katrina New Orleans. The film is a clinic in cinematography, editing, and the art of narration. Remember the name Benh Zeitlin, he's one of the best young directors working today.
See it? Yes.
Full Review
Zimbio Interviews with Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, and Benh Zeitlin


Take This Waltz (Limited)
Directed by: Sarah Polley
Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman

Here's another independent feature from a talented young director. Polley's transition from actress to director earned her raves when her first feature, Away From Her, debuted in 2006. She is an old soul with a lyrical take on what films should look and sound like. Take This Waltz features a great cast, led by the selective Williams, who typically excels with indie fare like this. Comedy crossovers Rogen and Silverman give strong performances and Silverman actually goes full-frontal in the film (along with Williams), something she's not exactly hoping you'll look forward to.
See it? Yes.



Madea's Witness Protection
Directed by: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Tom Arnold

I'll never recommend a Tyler Perry movie. Each one becomes more frequently obnoxious as the one-trick pony staves off being put out to pasture once again.
See it? No.



People Like Us (Limited)
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde

Pine and Banks play siblings who meet when their father passes away. Their relationship changes both of their lives in this touchy feely drama from the writing team that brought us Transformers 1 & 2, Star Trek, and the TV show Fringe. Weird right? Not sure what Kurtzman is doing here with a straight drama but he attracted a pretty good cast. Banks plays an alcoholic so that might be interesting.
See it? Sure.



Neil Young Journeys (Limited)
Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Canada's prodigal son returns as this new documentary follows folk legend Neil Young to a performance in Toronto. Demme has teamed up with the icon four times now and each film is gold for the singer's fans. If you love Young, you'll love this one. If not, you should listen to Harvest one more time and rethink your taste in music.
See it? Yes.



See more photos of Channing Tatum here:
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet
  • Channing Tatum in Film Independent&squot;s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures&squot; "Magic Mike" - Red Carpet

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