Step Up All In

Step Up All In

“Your flash mob ain’t nothin’ but a joke!” And thus the gauntlet is thrown down in Step Up All In, the fifth (fifth!) entry into a dance-centric franchise that first got its legs with a relatively low-key romance about a dude from the wrong side of the tracks who woos a pretty gal with the power of his hips, abs, and ability to make baggy sweatpants look sexy. (The first Step Up film, in case you’ve forgotten, showcased the charms of Channing Tatum early in his career – his on-screen paramour, actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum, is now his wife, so yeah, that film worked out pretty well for both of them.) The unlikely series-starter has now spawned four follow-up films, and while each has steadily ratcheted up the intensity, they’ve also upped the entertainment factor to match. This is a series that genuinely keeps getting better and better. (And dancier and dancier.) For all the spectacle of the Step Up films – and there is a lot of spectacle, thanks to continually show-stopping dance sequences and the kind of bad fashion that would only appear in a screen-set musical – the franchise remains weirdly rooted in the real world. Although each Step Up film has always led up to a big, final, major dance battle, the series has never ventured into international waters. There is no fake “world competition” in these films. No one is going to the Olympics. There is no expectation that the entire world is watching. The competitions […]

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First Position Documentary

Dancing is a kind of performance that lends itself incredibly well to cinema. Both art forms are heavily steeped in movement, and a film allows the viewer to get closer to a dancer than they ever could in reality, to study and appreciate the remarkable physical capabilities possessed by any good dancer. In recent years, dancing has flourished in nonfiction media. Besides the numerous documentaries on the subject, there are multiple popular reality television shows involving dance competitions, such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. But in fiction film, dance struggles. We’re far from the heyday of Busby Berkeley musicals and the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films. There are a few exceptions to this, however, the most notable being the Step Up series. Each film in this franchise has proved financially successful, and Step Up: All In, the fifth installment, is poised to repeat that pattern when it opens this weekend. The 3D sequel acknowledges the current dance TV craze by centering around a competition-based reality show taping in Las Vegas. Step Up: All In may showcase some true dancing talent on screen, but because it focuses on a fictional contest between fictional characters there’s not any reason for us to care who wins or loses. So, for this week’s Doc Option we’ve selected a few necessary nonfiction alternative that also form their plots around dance competitions, the stakes of which are genuine reality. To one degree or another, these three docs are about how young people use their talents to build their prospects for what lies ahead in […]

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Step Up All In

Are you ready to step up? Are you ready to go all in? Are you ready to step, um, into the, well, allness? How about this – are you a fan of the Step Up franchise? Then there’s no question that you’re pumped, jazzed, and foxtrotted for the next installment in the heart-pounding dance series. Titled Step Up: All In, the fifth film in the franchise expands out the universe in the best way possible – by pulling it all together. The franchise has long been loosely linked together – either by place or by character – and the next film in the series is looking to really drive home that point. This go-round, a whole mess of fan favorites are back to compete in a massive dance battle in Las Vegas (the franchise has already zinged from Baltimore to New York City to Miami, so why not hit the left coast?). Plenty of familiar faces will be returning for the new film, and it looks like Step Up: All In is the kind of fan-pleasing sequel installment that really, truly wants to deliver. Who do you recognize from the film’s first trailer?

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