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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Matthew Vaughn returns with a second installment of the (somewhat) surprise hit, Kingsman. This installment sacrifices some of the franchise's penchant for surprise in exchange for trying to extend the story of the first movie. It also adds some big name actors to draw audiences in.  7851

Logan Lucky (2017)

Logan Lucky is a hillbilly heist movie that spends most of it time tricking you into thinking that it's much dumber than it is. However, the surprise of its intelligence is mitigated by reliance on heist movie tropes. 7820

Hail, Ceasar! (2016)

Advertised as a comedy staring a high profile ensemble, this movie turned out to be a mess of an homage/satire of 1950's Hollywood. I should warn you that this article contains some spoilers, but this is a movie that I don't feel bad at all about spoiling. 6313

Magic Mike XXL

Channing Tatum returns to the Magic Mike story to make the kind of movie that he reportedly wanted to make the first time around. 4264

Jupiter Ascending

An original sci-fi  movie from the Wachowski siblings. For that alone, it should be praised. Unfortunately, it can't be praised for much else. 2283

22 Jump Street

21 Jump Street was a surprise success for me and, apparently, many other people. The movie remake of the 1980's TV hit was a meta-joke heavy, action packed movie that was just fun escapism for a couple of hours. It helped that Tatum and Hill had a good chemistry on screen as unlikely undercover partners. So, of course, that meant that there had to be a follow-up to the movie. I mean, it's like printing free money at this point isn't it? 22 Jump Street almost seemed like it was made under protest in the same way that something like Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" was. The movie is incredibly self-aware that it's a sequel that's being made to capitalize on the success of the first film and that it's fighting an uphill battle to capture the same success as the first movie.In both movies, Nick Offerman's character is there to tell exactly what's going on in the film with pinpoint, borderline 4th wall breaking accuracy. The idea is pretty simple: do the same thing you did the first time. That's what people liked and that's what was successful. So, as much as you may want to try to, don't diverge from doing exactly what you did before and everything will be fine. This film picks up right where 21 Jump Street left off, with Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) being told they're going off to college. It turns out that it was online college. They're spending they're time listening

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