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Review: 'Side Effects' A Satisfying, Twisty Psychodramatic Thriller From Steven Soderbergh

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 1, 2013 9:00 AM
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"Side Effects," a twisty-turny psychodrama and thriller, will occupy a special place in the Steven Soderbergh oeuvre. Since his highly influential debut "sex, lies, and videotape" single-handedly launched the American independent film revival, his body of work has included 26 films that have covered an absurd amount of topical ground, nevermind all the genres he's dipped into. If all goes according to plan, "Side Effects," will be the last Steven Soderbergh movie ever released theatrically. In some ways this puts an almost unfair amount of pressure on the complex little thriller, especially considering that the film may be better suited for premium cable than his upcoming HBO Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra." The picture's conspiratorial late-night tone and fleshy after hours luridness was practically built for watching at night, when our parents think we've gone off to bed (think '80s films directed by folks like Adrian Lyne). Like much of his recent output, "Side Effects" is a somewhat slight genre exercise, but given that it's Soderbergh, it's stylistically unparalleled, totally gripping and occasionally devastating in its emotional presentation thanks to its two leads Rooney Mara and Jude Law.

Watch: Take Another Dose With The New Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2013 2:47 PM
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So, we may have had four weeks of movies already in the new year, but frankly, 2013 doesn't start for us cinematically until next week, when Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" arrives. It seems to be the first movie of the year that wasn't dumped or forgotten about by the studios, and made with some real intent and purpose. And now another whole new look at the picture has arrived.

Watch: 'Side Effects' Goes Over The Counter With 3 More Clips

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 31, 2013 10:25 AM
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Steven Soderbergh’s penultimate film “Side Effects” is, for many people, the first film of 2013 that’s worth seeing. Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the psychological thriller already unveiled a couple of clips, and now three more have arrived for people to take a gander at before the movie comes out a week from now.

Interview: Steven Soderbergh Talks The “Eye Candy” Of ‘Candelabra’ & What His Retirement From Filmmaking Actually Means

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 30, 2013 2:26 PM
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Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is winding down and this has been the case for a while now. His five-year plan meant retiring from filmmaking at the age of 50. Having just reached this touchstone earlier this month, Soderbergh is essentially done with the business of moviemaking. His final theatrical film, “Side Effects” starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones, is complete and his final, final film, “Behind The Candelabra,” is also complete and will air on HBO later this year following a likely premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. So what’s left? Aside from promoting these last two movies, he’s done… for now.

Steven Soderbergh To Direct Scott Z. Burns-Penned Play In The Fall; 'Kafka' To Get Major Overhaul For DVD Release

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 28, 2013 1:17 PM
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While he didn't say it as succinctly in our interview with him this weekend, though director Steven Soderbergh is retiring from filmmaking for the time being, that doesn't mean he's retiring, period. The filmmaker told The Playlist while his second-to-last movie, "Side Effects," is due in theaters next week (his final one with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas arrives on HBO in the spring), he also added that directing plays or TV is still an option.

Watch: Rooney Mara Sleepwalks & Just Needs 5 Minutes In New Clips & TV Spot For 'Side Effects'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2013 10:21 AM
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Thus far, 2013 has been a major drag for new movies, with January once again proving to be the drop-off zone for movies that studios regret making. But thankfully, February is less than a week away and the cinematic horizon looks a bit brighter. One movie many are already talking about is Steven Soderbergh's penultimate picture, "Side Effects."

Watch: Rooney Mara Looks Amazing In New Clip From Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 2:05 PM
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If there's one thing that's beginning to buzz around Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects," it's that you pretty much want to go in as fresh as possible. The movie has started screening in advance of its release next month, and the general feeling is that the trailers give too much away. If you want the best experience possible, you'll want to settle in to this film without knowing anything. But we're pretty sure this clip should be okay to watch.

Watch: TV Spots For Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' & Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 23, 2013 3:44 PM
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Coming up in the next few months are a pair of interesting looking projects from two directors who couldn’t be more different if they tried. There’s Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” which is set for a February 8th release, and there’s also Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” scheduled for release on April 26th. And what do they have in common, you ask? Well, not a lot, except they’ve both just received new TV spots.

Watch: Get Treated With The New U.K. Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2013 8:36 AM
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So far, the 2013 movie season has been pretty dreadful. Aside from Oscar-nominated pictures going into wider release, there hasn't been much to choose from at the multiplex, but relief is around the corner. Steven Soderbergh continues the run into his hiatus with one of two movies he'll be dropping this year, the thriller "Side Effects." A brand new U.K. trailer featuring lots of new footage has arrived to serve up a fresh look at the film.

Bruno Dumont's 'Camille Claudel 1915,' 'Side Effects,' 'Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman' Added To Berlin Line-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 8:20 AM
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We're barely two weeks into January, and the movie festival season is upon us. The Sundance Film Festival kicks off next and the Berlin Film Festival will get underway shortly after. While it has always been a fest to keep an eye on, this year in particular its bringing some serious heat, with jury president Wong Kar-Wai unspooling his martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" in its international premiere. Even better, the competition lineup has now added some serious contenders.

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