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Magic Mike

Leaving the theatre after a preview of Magic Mike this week, I heard a woman tell someone, “It wasn’t what I expected. I was disappointed.” Since I hadn’t expected much at all of Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper movie, when it turned out to be significantly better than a real dog, I was a lot more engaged than I had anticipated I’d be. I expected something like the trashy, off-putting, Las Vegas-set Paul Verhoeven movie from 1995, Showgirls.

Lola Versus

Is Greta Gerwig this year’s Jessica Chastain, the actress who seems to have come from nowhere to be everywhere at once? Okay, she’s only in four films this year, including Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love (opening here next week) and Noah Bambauch’s adaptation of The Corrections that HBO produced but doesn’t seem to want to show. She rather more resembles Chloë Sevigny, both in looks and a career trajectory that began with some of her era’s most noted independent films, in Gerwig’s case the “mumblecore” movies whose leading light she was.

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