It's a freakishly good weekend for new movies, with three great ones and two good ones. But if you've got kids, you'll be with them at "Brave" again.
The movie getting all the attention is "Magic Mike," director Steven Soderbergh's sultry and stylish melodrama set in the world of male strippers a world in which the movie's star, Channing Tatum, worked in his pre-stardom days. Tatum plays the title character, a successful stripper in Tampa who dreams of bigger success with his own custom-furniture business. But he must deal with an egotistical boss (Matthew McConaughey) and an up-and-comer nicknamed The Kid (Alex Pettyfer). The script falls into a few "A Star Is Born"/"All About Eve" cliches, but the sexual atmosphere created by Soderbergh and his cast are worth it. (Over at Slate.com, John Swansburg explains why straight dudes will like the movie, too.)
Another kind of adult entertainment is "Ted," a foul-mouthed but funny comedy that marks the feature directing debut of "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane. Mark Wahlberg stars as John, a Boston slacker whose best friend is his teddy bear whom he wished to life 27 years ago, and hasn't been without since. Ted (a computer-animated plush voiced by McFarlane) and John spend their days getting stoned and avoiding work, which leads to John's girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) to ask for John to shape up and find some direction in his life. McFarlane's jokes will offend many, but the humor will delight any fan of McFarlane's skewed comic sensibilities.