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Magic Mike

It'd be a foolish bet to put money on where Steven Soderbergh's career is going next. Soderbergh's "problem" is that he seems to be good: Magic Mike, a tale of male strippers, comes after a star-studded disease thriller (Contagion) and a female-fronted action movie (Haywire). His next is, obviously, a TV movie about Liberace (seriously, it is).

Magic Mike also rounds off a critically and financially successful year for Channing Tatum, after the ultra-manipualtive tear-fest The Vow and the excellent comedy 21 Jump Street. This movie is loosely based on Tatum's time in dance revue shows in Tampa, so the routines are authentic; but it's not quite Hen Night: The Movie, although it could serve as such.

It's closer to The Wrestler than it is to Showgirls, although thankfully not anywhere near as grim as either. Soderbergh takes
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