Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello is the alter-ego of a barely capable undercover FBI agent who has been put on a new case to uncover the identity of the crooked cop within the California Highway Patrol. He teams alongside the CHiP's newest recruit Jon Baker but, unfortunately, as motorcycle cops it's not quite 'ride or die' for these guys, more like 'ride and die' the rate that they're going. Jon has had numerous accidents on the bike, while Ponch is frequently distracted by both women and other men's masculinity, so neither of them are best equipped for the job at hand. This becomes even more apparent when they are faced with a villainous former police officer named Vic Brown and his band of miscreant hitmen, and they start to wonder if perhaps they've bitten off more than they can chew.
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Resisting the temptation to capitalise on the camp value of these characters, Channing Tatum and his producing-writing partner Reid Carolin create a startlingly loose and thoughtful follow-up to their 2012 hit. Yes, it's still the story of a group of ridiculously muscled men who take their clothes off for a living and enjoy a laugh. And even without much of a plot it's a remarkably astute exploration of masculinity and gender politics. In the last three years, Mike (Tatum) has made a decent go of his furniture-making business, but his life feels stuck in a rut.
Then his old pals ask him to go on the road for one last hurrah to a stripper convention. So he heads off with new-age healer Ken (Matt Bomer), lovelorn beefcake Richie (Joe Manganiello), artful biker Tarzan (Kevin Nash), macrobiotic smoothie expert Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and food-truck driving deejay Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias). Along the way, they meet up with Mike's old mentor Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith), who provides two new guys for the team (Donald Glover and Stephen 'tWitch' Boss). And they get some favours from a newly single Southern belle (Andie MacDowell) and another old friend (Elizabeth Banks).
There's very little to the story, but the film's improvisational style allows all of the characters to deepen in quiet but significant ways. So the journey these people take is even more internal than the highways they traverse from Tampa, Florida, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The main point is that these men need to figure out who they are if they have any hope of finding happiness, and each one takes his own subtle voyage of discovery. The actors dive into this approach, which requires unusually subtle performances that combine sexy physicality with earthy, boisterous humour. What the film never does is fall back on the usual cliches about machismo or sexuality.
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Magic Mike might be keeping his clothes on these days in favour of beginning a business in custom furniture, and after a rather bitter and scandalous departure from the Xquisite nightclub, but three years on and he's still got the moves. And the body. These days, his stripper friends have decided to give up their dancing careers in Tampa, Florida too, but these aren't the kind of guys who are going to disappear quietly. They thus decide to get together one last time for a spectacular performance at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina where a major stripping convention is due to take place. Mike agrees to join them as their headliner, re-living his glory days as the ultimate chiselled fantasy. Along the way he meets some old friends and welcomes new faces in such cities as Jacksonville and Savannah, and they dance away their previous lives in style.
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Three years after bowing out of the stripper career, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum), returns to his friends at the Kings of Tampa, all of whom also seem prepared to call an end to their careers. But when the prospect of going out in style arises, the friends get the band back together and embark on a stripping road trip through Jacksonville and Savannah, heading towards one final performance at Myrtle Beach. Here, the Kings of Tampa prepare for one final blow-out show with Magic Mike.
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Bernie is your average party guy who enjoys picking up ladies for one-night-stands. After meeting Joan, he’s tells his friend Danny all about his night of passion and, as he gets to know her, decides that Danny also needs some loving in his life – though he finds himself much more of an introvert around women. He introduces Danny to Joan’s roommate Debbie, but when things start getting serious, Bernie starts to get a little bit jealous as he struggles to get something deep and meaningful out of his own relationship. Given that both couples started their liaison in the same way, Bernie starts to wonder why he can’t commit, while Danny starts to worry that he’s committing too soon.
‘About Last Night’ is a rom-com that deals with how relationships develop between different people in the same circumstances. Originally based on the 1974 play 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago' by David Mamet ('Hannibal', 'Ronin'), the screenplay has been adapted by Leslye Headland ('Bachelorette', 'Assistance') from another screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky ('Saturday Night Live') and Denise DeClue ('The Cherokee Kid'). Directed by BAFTA nominated Steve Pink ('Hot Tub Time Machine', 'Accepted'), it is set for UK release on March 21st 2014.
Tatum plays Mike, a construction worker who moonlights as a stripper in a women-only club in Tampa, Florida. When he notices hot, 19-year-old Adam (Pettyfer) on the building site, he invites him along to the club, where owner Dallas (McConaughey) is hoping to take the show to the Miami big time. Soon Adam is part of the team (which includes actor-hunks True Blood's Manganiello, White Collar's Bomer and CSI Miami's Rodriguez), but he also gets tempted by the darker side of the scene, namely girls and drugs.
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In Charles Oliver's terminally bleak Take -- a crime victim's tale about a mother's worst nightmare, the violent murder of her young child in the heat and confusion of a supermarket holdup and her obsession with confronting the murderer -- the smell of desperation pervades the emotion of the film like a third character. In spite of the sadness that befalls Ana over the course of this sorrowful film, Driver maintains Ana as a regal presence in this kingdom of gloom. When Ana objects to her son, Jesse's (Bobby Coleman) grade school principal informing Ana that her son will be shipped out to a special school and is told after her protests, "I am sorry, but you no longer have a choice in the matter," it is almost as if an underling is defying the Virgin Queen.
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