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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/29/2012

‘Magic Mike,’ ‘People Like Us’ and more new movies

Matthew McConaughey as Dallas in “Magic Mike.” (Claudette Barius)
In this week’s new movies, Channing Tatum plays a stripper in a movie based on his life and a family drama with Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine ultimately comes through as sincere. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Magic Mike” (R) “What might have been a hysterically pitched version of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ or a gritty exposof a seamy underworld instead is gratifyingly underplayed. It’s a nicely balanced blend of comedy, drama and athletic dancing that plies its trade with winking, unforced self-assurance.” — Ann Hornaday

People Like Us” (PG-13) “In ‘People Like Us,’ the story of a man who discovers a half-sister he never knew he had, it might take the audience a bit longer than average to come around, in part because the film’s title sets up an implicit challenge. Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks are just like us? Really? Eventually, however, we do, thanks to the heartfelt and touching telling of the tale by filmmaker Alex Kurtzman.” — Michael O’Sullivan

To Rome With Love” (R) “Unfortunately, this promising story line — which suggests a comic take on how the young must make their own mistakes — is anemic and underdeveloped. How could it not be? There’s no room for it to grow, with precious screen time eaten up by all the other labored, arch dialogue spoken — ever so haltingly — by the movie’s various Woody wannabes.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Ted” (R) “Eventually [Seth] MacFarlane’s formula — consisting of filthy, ethnically offensive jokes, scatological humor, tacky pop culture references and random cameos — begins to wear thin... What began as a promising, if unhinged, experiment in suspending disbelief starts to feel like ‘You, Me and Dupree’ for plushies.” — Ann Hornaday

A Cat in Paris” (PG) “The pretty, hand-drawn pictures will appeal mainly to sophisticated animation fans, and its dark, somewhat scary story of a fatherless girl in jeopardy might prove a little too intense for very young viewers. At a little over an hour, it’s a slight but visually charming adventure.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Also opening: “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection.”

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