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22 Jump Street (2014)

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill advance from high school to college, while the overall level of humor plunges from ninth grade to third. I laughed once: the action momentarily trips over itself to deliver a sternly graphic anti-drug message before quickly returning to the business of trying to milk laughs ... (R)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Bullet to the Head (2013)

A bullet rips through the heart of two studio logos, announcing the return of Walter Hill to the genre that brought him fame, the action comedy. Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang perform a nifty reversal on the characters Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy played in Hill's 48 Hrs. With a ... (R)

3.0 starsScott Marks

Dear John (2010)

Wartime romance beginning in the spring of 2001 (you know what’s coming) and stretching up to the present, staggeringly basic and banal in its specifics, turning on a senseless withholding of information for the sole purpose of contrived misunderstanding and revealed nobility. It issues from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Dilemma (2011)

Motor “visionary” and motormouth Vince Vaughn hedges about asking lover Jennifer Connelly to marry him and instead invades the privacy of his chum and biz-partner Kevin James, whose wife (Winona Ryder) has secret heat with a stud muffin (Channing Tatum). Shallow Chicago images, fill-in music, male bonding via sports and ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDavid Elliott

The Eagle (2011)

Donald Sutherland sags into his Roman toga when his soldier nephew (Channing Tatum) goes almost solo from Britannia into dark, primeval, 2nd-century Scotland to retrieve (great Caesar’s ghost!) the gold eagle of his dead father’s decimated legion. Though a limited actor, Tatum has the brawny force of meat on a ... (PG-13)

3.0 starsDavid Elliott

Fighting (2009)

A polite Alabama hick makes his rapid way in the New York underground of bare-knuckle boxing, a lazy daydream with pretensions of toughness. The dialogue periodically dries up, leaving the actors floundering. Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao, Michael Rivera, Luis Guzman; directed by Dito Montiel. (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Foxcatcher (2014)

The goal is an Olympic gold medal in wrestling, but the real grappling goes on between two families: the Schultzes (brothers Dave and Mark) and the DuPonts (mother Jean and son John). Yes, those DuPonts. Poor John (Steve Carrell in a fake schnozz) is a crazily wealthy nothing of a ... (R)

3.0 starsMatthew Lickona

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

Like Transformers, this enterprise — this franchise — has put the merchandising first, succeeding as opposed to preceding a line of toys. (Trademark Hasbro.) The movie, opening deflatingly in 17th-century France before advancing to a science-fictional “not too distant future,” is a live-action cartoon from the maker of The Mummy ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

Dito Montiel's brutish coming-of-age film, his first, set in Astoria, N.Y., in the Eighties, and partly in the present, so that dissimilar actors occupy the same roles (while the grown-ups in the Eighties stay in their same roles but get grayer). No doubt a "personal" film -- the central character ... (R)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Remember movies? The Coen brothers do. Westerns, romances, musicals, dance extravaganzas — the works. (All of which are on gorgeous, indulgent display here.) Millions of people used to look to them for — in the words of Capitol Pictures’ Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) — “information, uplift, and yes, ... (PG-13)

3.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

How can something so busy be so boring? Maybe it's because the Wachowskis have officially begun cannibalizing their own work. Way back in 1999, The Matrix gave us a Chosen One who gets introduced to a reality entirely beyond his experience, a reality based on a terrifying premise: humanity reduced ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Director Matthew Vaughn’s first Kingsman movie succeeded through planned adolescence, from the lad in need of a dad who served as its hero, to the James-Bond-on-meth action and humor, to the clever-kid nihilism of saving the planet through the mass culling of humanity. If it was puerile and reactionary and ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Kingsman: The Golden Circle The IMAX 2D Experience (2017)

Director Matthew Vaughn’s first Kingsman movie succeeded through planned adolescence, from the lad in need of a dad who served as its hero, to the James-Bond-on-meth action and humor, to the clever-kid nihilism of saving the planet through the mass culling of humanity. If it was puerile and reactionary and ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Logan Lucky (2017)

Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) plots to knock over the Motor Speedway that fired him. It’s Ocean’s 6 7/8ths when a band of country-set play actors affect bad haircuts and even worse Huckleberry Hound accents for this sneering caper comedy from the quasi-retired Steven Soderbergh. In the very least, Hal Needham’s ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Magic Mike (2012)

Director Steven Soderbergh checks off another box on his list of genre pics. This time, it's the showbiz story, featuring a minor star with bigger dreams (Channing Tatum), a young up-and-comer (Alex Pettyfer), a sleazy manager (Matthew McConaughey), the perils of the party life, and all the rest of it. ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

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