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New movies for June 29

Mark Wahlberg and his best friend, Ted.

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Mark Wahlberg and his best friend, Ted.

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Magic Mike

The gist: Former Tampa stripper Channing Tatum stars as a current male stripper who takes a novice dancer under his beefy wing and shows him the ropes. A though-provoking, cerebral examination of existentialist angst, then. R

The cast: Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey and Cody Horn.

The buzz: Actually, it is kind of a well-made movie. "Director Steven Soderbergh makes sure his movie about male strippers is packed with pecs," the New York Daily News say. "But there's plenty more beneath its well-oiled surface."

Ted

The gist: Seth MacFarlane leaves animation behind in a story about a grown man putting up with a teddy bear who came to life after a childhood wish. Finally, his story lines have matured a little! R

The cast: MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton and Giovanni Ribisi.

The buzz: The humor may be similar, but this is quite a move past all the cartoons he's been making. "A crass, foul-mouthed, mostly hilarious, surprisingly sentimental bromance about a grown boy named John and his teddy bear," the Boston Globe says.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection

The gist: A federal prosecutor has to hide a whistle-blower in a Ponzi scheme, so he sends the guy's family to Madea's house so we can laugh at all the racial misunderstanding while the witness is under threat of death. PG-13

The cast: Perry, Eugene Levy, Percy Romeo Miller, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts and Devan Leos.

The buzz: Perry never screens these in advance anymore. He's probably too busy making the next one.

People Like Us

The gist: A failed businessman's father dies and he learns he has a 30-year-old sister he never knew existed. So, you know, he has to think about that for an hour and 55 minutes. PG-13

The cast: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Hall D'Addario, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass.

The buzz: Well-acted and sorta funny, it mostly works in a schmaltzy way. "Though it's just a Christmas tree away from being a holiday special, the stellar cast wrings just enough genuine emotion out of a stale premise to make it mostly sweet," the Arizona Republic says.

Moonrise Kingdom

The gist: An all-star Wes Anderson pic about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away from home together that isn't really about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away from home together. PG-13

The cast: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand.

The buzz: Even the people who don't like Wes Anderson movies think it's good. "A gorgeously shot, ingeniously crafted, über-Andersonian bonbon that, even in its most irritatingly whimsical moments, remains an effective deliverer of cinematic pleasure," Slate.com says.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

Upcoming releases

July 3: The Amazing Spider-Man

July 5: Katy Perry: Part of Me

July 6: To Rome With Love

New movies for June 29 06/28/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:39pm]
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