GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to see “Magic Mike”

OK, let’s face it: It looks silly, it looks cheesy …. and you so want to see Magic Mike — the movie with Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and their thong-encased junk. It doesn’t open until June 29, but you can see it more than a week early, and for free. Just  go to this website and enter the pass code: DALVOIVGS9 to RSVP for the screening next Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m., and the AMC NorthPark. There are a limited number of passes, so act soon!

And after the screening, you can stop by JR.’s Bar & Grill for the post screening party with $3.50 u-call-it drinks.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

QUEER CLIP: ‘ANONYMOUS’

Travel-2At its heart, Anonymous is no more historically accurate than Shakespeare in Love, a film with which it shares several characters but little else — either plot or tone. In Love, the Bard was shown as a capable playwright finally inspired by a woman to greatness; Queen Bess showed up at the end to sanctify him. In Anonymous, he’s portrayed as an illiterate (even murderous) gold-digger, a front for the true author of great plays, Edward de Vere, Duke of Oxford (Rhys Ifans, pictured, who’s never been better), a paramour of QE1 (Vanessa Redgrave — dotty, sad, brilliantly unfettered and honest).

This is a far cry from the brainless actioners director Roland Emmerich usually churns out, but historical fudging aside, it’s endlessly entertaining and dramatic, with twists worthy of Shakespeare himself. We “learn” who killed gay playwright Kit Marlowe, and which royals were buggering (or wanted to) others. For Bard fans, it’s a hoot; for movie fans, a gorgeous, compelling romp, well acted and sure to be an Oscar favorite. That’s something else it has in common with Shakespeare in Love.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Four stars. Now playing at AMC NorthPark and Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre.

—  Kevin Thomas