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‘Magic Mike XXL’ is gonzo fun (Our grade: B+)

11:33 am Jun. 30, 2015

One of the many non-abdominal reasons Channing Tatum has become such a popular Hollywood figure is the extent to which he has figured out how and why his charisma works — he gives the impression

Cooke on shaving head for ‘Me and Earl’

12:47 pm Jun. 25, 2015

Olivia Cooke had some interesting things to say about shaving her head for her role as Rachel in “Me and Earl and Dying Girl” during a recent trip to Austin.

Cooke was in town with co-stars

‘Max’ is touching, but a bit clunky (Our grade: C+)

12:00 pm Jun. 25, 2015

Roger Moore | Tribune News Service

“Semper fidelis,” the Romans used to purr into their dogs’ ears, long before the Marine Corps adopted the Latin for “Always faithful” as their motto.

Most faithful of all? Marine Corps war

‘Aloft’ fails to ground its characters (Our grade: C)

12:00 pm Jun. 25, 2015

Rebecca Keegan | Los Angeles Times

“Aloft” sets up a compelling mystery — how could a loving mother abandon her son? — and then, frustratingly, refuses to solve it.

The first English-language film from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa

‘Ted 2’ is more of the same bawdy bear (Our grade: C)

1:08 pm Jun. 24, 2015

Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune

“Ted 2” reunites Mark Wahlberg’s insecure-wallflower character with the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff and racial, sexual, scatological insults voiced by co-writer and director Seth MacFarlane.

Madly uneven, more so