Side Effects is the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh. Jude Law plays a psychiatrist who works shifts at a hospital doing consults, in addition seeing patients in his private practice. He is a partner with two other psychiatrists in a thriving New York City practice. He’s married to a beautiful woman named “Dierdre” (Vinessa Shaw), who has a son. He has a great life until he encounters a patient in the emergency room.
[rating=2]Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez, Kyle Chandler and Michael Beach Director(s): Allen Hughes Writer(s): Brian Tucker
For nearly ten years now there is a “black list” published annually in Hollywood. It supposedly contains the best “unproduced” scripts out there. Broken City was on this list for several years until it finally escaped from “development hell” … but perhaps it should have been left there.
[rating=2]Starring: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon, Frank Grillo, Joel Murray, John Carroll Lynch, and Corbin Bernsen Director(s): Stephen Frears Writer(s): D.V. DeVincentis
Lay the Favorite is a gambling term. It is also the title of a memoir by a real-life woman named Beth Raymer that is now a film from director Stephen Frears and screenwriter D.V. DeVincentis. If that sounds like a familiar pairing, it should. They combined to bring Nick Hornsby’s excellent novel “High Fidelity” to the big screen. That was an excellent collaboration.
[rating=2]Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Malin Ackerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston Director(s): Adam Shankman Writer(s): Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb – screeplay, Chris D’arienzo – musical book
Eighties era rock music. An iconic Sunset Strip club that is struggling to survive. A rock “god” who got his start there who is willing to help. A young girl who followed the seemingly nonsensical advice of others to pursue her dream of being a singer and left small-town USA for Hollywood. A young barback who works at this club, but is pursuing his own dreams of music stardom with his own band. The wife of the newly elected mayor of the city who is focused on shutting that club down once and for all.