From the desk of The Movie Snob.
Side Effects (B). The latest film from Steven Soderbergh (The Informant!) is an interesting and twisty little movie. I can’t say too much about the plot because of its twistiness, but the set-up is this. Emily (Rooney Mara, The Social Network) is a depressed young woman patiently awaiting the day her husband Martin (Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street) will get out of prison for insider trading. Martin gets out of prison, but Emily’s depression gets worse. She comes under the care of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law, Hugo), and they begin a trial-and-error search for an anti-depressant drug that will work for her. That’s about as much as I can say without depriving you of the pleasure of seeing what happens next, and next, and then next after that. It’s kind of a thriller, but a little too low-key for that label to be really accurate. Catherine Zeta-Jones (Rock of Ages) also stars as a tightly wound psychiatrist from Emily’s past. It’s much better than the 2005 film of the same name starring Katherine Heigl (Side Effects), that’s for sure!