Magic Mike (2012)
Magic Mike is arguably the best movie of Summer 2012. It exceeded both critical and box office expectations and proved that Channing Tatum is a better actor than most give him credit for. Tatum plays the titular stripper, struggling to become more than just eye candy for a popular dance spot in Tampa, FL. Soderbergh’s gift for getting great performances out of actors, as well as his ability to deftly wrangle ensembles, are on display here. And so is Matthew McConaughey, who lights the fuse on his comeback trail with his amazing portrayal of the egocentric stripper magnate, Dallas. If you haven’t seen Magic Mike, you need to fix that. Now.