• Magic Mike XXL

In this week’s issue J.R. Jones looks at the number one new release in America, Magic Mike XXL, alongside two sexually themed indie comedies, The Overnight and The Little Death, and finds that the latest Channing Tatum vehicle just doesn’t measure up. Magic Mike XXL, incidentally, is not the stupidest title of any new movie we review this week. That would be Terminator Genisys, the fourth sequel to James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi classic.

We have also have new capsule reviews of: A Borrowed Identity, a drama by Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride) about a Palestinian kid at a top Jerusalem high school in the 1980s; Closer to God, a low-budget sci-fi item about a scientist who creates the first human clone; The Strongest Man, a quirky indie comedy from Miami; and another sequel, Ted 2, Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up to his 2012 hit about a vulgar talking teddy bear.

July looks like it’ll be a great month for repertory screenings. As I noted the other day, Northwest Chicago Film Society is back up and running—on Wednesday at 7 PM, they’re showing Smile (1975), one of Michael Ritchie’s finest films, at Northeastern University. At the same time, Doc Films will screen Anthony Mann’s Korean War drama Men in War (1956). This weekend the Siskel Center kicks off a monthlong series of recent film restorations, with revivals of the historical musical 1776 (1972) on Friday and Monday, Eric Rohmer’s Full Moon in Paris (1984) on Sunday and Thursday, and the Beatles classic A Hard Day’s Night (1964) on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday. The Siskel is also running two recent Studio Ghibli features all week, When Marnie Was There (2014) and The Secret World of Arrietty (2010). And head to the Music Box for revivals of Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), playing all week in a new digital restoration; Joseph Zito’s Invasion U.S.A. (1985), playing Friday and Saturday at midnight; and Michael Curtiz’s Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), screening Saturday at 11:30 AM. The latter two screen from 35-millimeter film.