Despite gaudy club scenes, ‘Magic Mike’ recalls director’s early indie films.
Despite the glitz and the sexy, trashy club scenes, when you strip all that away what’s left in Soderbergh’s film is the heart of the story, told in the gentle, effective way that first caught our eye several decades ago. It’s nice to know that after all his A-movie success with the Ocean’s Eleven movies, Soderbergh still has that inventive, independent filmmaker side.
Magic Mike *** (out of four stars)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
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