Movie Diary 6/25/2012

Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012). A number of things to observe, but one of the crowning touches here: the movie’s set in Tampa. That alone earns it points. (full review 6/29)

Topkapi (Jules Dassin, 1964). On the one hand you can see why it was an international hit, on the other hand you can wonder why. But Dassin frequently exhibits the ability to do certain things very well and others ham-handedly, and this movie’s no exception.

Girl in the News (Carol Reed, 1940). Early indication of Reed’s abilities, even if the tale of murder and cover-up hangs on some shaky contrivances.

At What a Feeling!, we begin the week of Eighties reviews with Michael Mann’s Manhunter.