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'Magic Mike XXL' plays to its fans, 'Going Clear' takes on Scientology

Magic Mike XXL Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $44.95 Available on VOD Oct. 6 Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" attracted massive audiences with its sexy dance numbers and winning bro-banter, though those were mostly concentrated in the movie's first half, while down the stretch the story hammered home some sobering melodrama. The sequel mostly ditches the seriousness, giving fans more of what they want. Channing Tatum returns as a beefy workingman just trying to earn a dollar, while Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello (among others) reprise their roles as strippers who like to party. But while it's funnier and breezier than the original, "Magic Mike XXL"...