Channing Tatum is Magic Mike, a veteran stripper who takes a young dancer (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing, teaching him all about stripping, partying and picking up women.
Matthew McConaughey is their eccentric boss, an ex-stripper himself. "Get a good thong," is his advice.
The screenplay by Reid Carolin is in part based on Tatum's own experiences as a stripper in Florida when he was 19 years old. Steven Soderberg directs. Critical reception is mostly positive. Rated 18+.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Growing up in Illinois, I never heard this story about America’s 16th president – when Abraham Lincoln’s mother was killed by a supernatural creature, he took his trusty axe in hand and mades it his mission to exterminate the undead. Benjamin Walker stars as Honest Abe and Timur Bekmambetov directs. It's produced in part by Tim Burton. Critical reception is leaning to negative. In 3D. Rated 18+.
Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg takes on the financial crisis with with Robert Pattinson as a hedge-fund trader in New York. He’s heading across town to get a haircut when the crisis hits and chaos breaks out in the streets. It premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and critical reception is mixed. Rated 18+.
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Hong Kong director Johnnie To helms this romantic comedy about young mainland woman (Gao Yuanyuan) working as a financial analyst in Hong Kong. She gets into love triangle between a playboy CEO (Louis Koo) and a drunk hobo (Daniel Wu) who saves her life. It was nominated for several awards and reviews, including the one at Nutshell Review, are generally positive. It's in Cantonese with English and Thai subtitles at House.
MovieMov Italian Film Festival – This year's festival features a retrospective of all of Sergio Leone’s features, including Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dynamite, a.k.a. Duck, You Sucker, and Once Upon a Time in America, as well as newer Italian films such as Dario Argento's Dracula 3D and even a selection of Thai indie films that have been hits at film festivals. Tickets are free, handed out 30 minutes before showtime. As with other free festivals, you should expect a large turn-out, so choose your films carefully and be prepared to queue up an hour or so into order to get a decent seat. Read more about it in a recent Nation article.
The UMG RCA has closed, and the old box office on the first floor has been entirely removed. But don't worry, House cinema, on the third floor of RCA Plaza, remains open for business.