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Review: Side Effects

Ironically, the filmmaker who started his career with sex, lies, and videotape , a film boosting female sexuality and empowerment, now ends it with a so-so thriller that resorts to the same old misogyny.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 08, 2013
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Review: Magic Mike

After January's Haywire , director Steven Soderbergh revives another genre, the '80s beefcake buffet, with better results than could have been expected.
Reviving the '80s beefcake genre
By NICK JOHNSTON  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: Haywire

Despite some thrilling combat choreography executed with flair by MMA champ Gina Carano, Steven Soderbergh clearly phoned it in here. The barely-there plot involves Mallory (Carano), a double-crossed Black Ops agent who goes rogue in an uninteresting se
Soderbergh phones it in
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: Contagion

For all the death and panic, this is a relatively quiet film.
The Traffic of viral outbreak movies
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: And Everything Is Going Fine(1)

"Maybe I should just tell you some of the facts as I remember them," the late, acclaimed monologist and actor Spalding Gray says early on in Steven Soderbergh's documentary collage, And Everything is Going Fine .
Spalding Gray's story
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: And Everything Is Going Fine

Want to know more about Spaulding Gray? Don't start here.
Want to know more about Spaulding Gray? Don't start here.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 14, 2011


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Days of future past

Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 18, 2010
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Reality bites again

At the tail end of February, for the second consecutive year, I (barely) escaped a late-winter hurricane to enter a Midwestern oasis of grass-fed beef, cheap cigarettes, Johnny Depp impersonators, and some of the finest documentaries you might just see t
Getting a jump on the year in documentaries at True/False
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 02, 2010
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Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010
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Review: The Informant!

The Informant! opens with a segment that sounds as if it had been culled from Food, Inc.
Soderbergh's state of cornfusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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The plots thicken

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009


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Review: The Girlfriend Experience

Comparing prostitution with capitalism is about as old as the oldest profession itself.
Getting the business
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2009
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A star is porn

"As Steven was saying the other night at the screening, at the end of the day we're all selling something, and we all want something, whether it's monetary or not."
Adult-film star Sasha Grey makes her mainstream debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 15, 2009

The Critic Experience: Two Movies About Reviewers


Yesterday I saw two films about critics. The first, Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience,"...
By Peter Keough  |  April 28, 2009
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Review: Duplicity

Like Steven Soderbergh in his Oceans series, Tony Gilroy seems to have decided to take a break from making serious movies like 2007's Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton .
Let's just say that Gilroy is no Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to sophisticated, saucy effervescence. Or a Hitchcock, either.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009
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Review: Che

An ambitious, whole-hog, four-hour-plus bio-pic of Che Guevara, c'mon.
History lesson
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 13, 2009


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Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2008
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Light Reading

Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008
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And justice for one . . .

“I’m not a miracle worker, I’m a janitor.”
Clooney cleans up as Michael Clayton
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 03, 2007
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Covert action

Some talented filmmakers try to play a Hollywood game, churning out a big-budget commercial product in exchange for a smaller, more personal and artistic venture.
The Bourne Ultimatum possesses central intelligence
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2007
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Sound bites

In space, so the tag line for Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien goes, nobody can hear you scream.
Sunshine sheds little light on the sci-fi genre
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 18, 2007


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Flotsam and jetsam

Steven Soderbergh’s third “Ocean” film is a pastry of a movie, airy, insubstantial, and meant to fill in the gaps between heartier meals.
The tars are adrift in Ocean’s Thirteen
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 05, 2007
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The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007
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Why spy

Remember those moody espionage thrillers of the ’60s?
Chris Cooper’s grasp exceeds his Breach
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 14, 2007
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Catch and Release

Of all the characters in Susannah Grant’s punishing romantic comedy, Grady, the former fiancé of Gray (Jennifer Garner), has the least to complain about: he’s dead. Watch the trailer for Catch and Release (QuickTime)
Excruciating
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 24, 2007

Feel-bad cinema

This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2006


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The Good German

Steven Soderbergh merges his mainstream aptitude with his proclivity for experimentation, making a conventional post-WW2 proto-espionage noir packed with movie stars, but daring to make it in the black-and-white style of period classics like The Third
Packs in the movie stars
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 20, 2006
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The future of an illusion

When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006
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Fake Fur

It had to happen, sooner or later: a bio-pic of Diane Arbus, photographer goddess of the alternate America, doyenne of the somber freakout, selfless voyager into the unorthodox. Watch the trailer for Fur (QuickTime)
Steven Shainberg makes over Diane Arbus
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 15, 2006
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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006