The Fourth of July weekend, traditionally one of the most competitive of the movie-going year, was supposed to be a face-off between two very different franchises. In the big-budget blockbuster slot we had a new Terminator film, the fifth in the series (and the third to open on Independence Day weekend); the low-budget up-and-comer was Channing Tatum and his crew of “male entertainers” in Magic Mike XXL. But those movies didn’t end up battling it out for the top slot.
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Jason BaileyFilm Editor
Jason Bailey is a graduate of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. His first book, Pulp Fiction:The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece, was published last fall by Voyageur Press. His writing has also appeared at The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and The Village Voice, among others. He lives in New York with his wife Rebekah, his daughter Lucy, and their two cats.