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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Laundromat”

Not Soderbergh's winningest (by any stretch), Meryl Streep at the top of her art
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh is perhaps our most adventurous filmmaker. He straddles the worlds of big-budget Hollywood and Independent cinema with ease and skill. We never know what kind of film he will do next and, good or bad, Soderbergh always surprises. His latest film is “The Laundromat,” a look at the Panama Papers scandal based ever so loosely on Jake Bernstein’s book “Secrecy World.” Adapted ... more >

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IN CONVERSATION with THE LAUNDROMAT’S Scott Z. Burns and Jake Bernstein

The Panama Papers investigation revisited for the screen

The scandal surrounding the revelations contained in the Panama Papers is labyrinthine. So complex, in fact, that Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jake Bernstein spent years unearthing the intricacies of the enmeshment of the financial system and Russian interests for his book, “Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite,” ... more >

Steven Soderbergh has a meltdown

Soderbergh's on-stage meltdown in San Francisco

I tried to get through Steven Soderbergh's "state of cinema" address which he gave at the San Francisco Film Festival a couple of days ago--it's long. And rambling. I figured, there's an American, a filmmaker, who isn't ashamed of his intellectuality and who has made intelligent films in the past. Now he's giving an address about cinema and maybe it's going to grab me, elevate my senses. In fact ... more >

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Side Effects

A strong final bow for Soderbergh?
Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

In addition to being his supposedly last theatrical film director Steven Soderbergh, for a while, would have you believe “Side Effects” could be his best—a complex thriller about psychiatric drugs—only to lose its focus almost entirely and make you wish screenwriter Scott Z. Burns took a shot of Ritalin. Martin and Emily (Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara) are a New York couple with issues. He has ... more >

Haywire

They left her no choice
Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

“Judy, Judy,” Jimmy Stewart famously told Kim Novak in Vertigo, as he forced her to change her appearance to that of his dead lover. “It can’t make that much difference to you.” This was Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous and revealing line in his 1958 classic, a meditation on the male gaze. I thought of it when I read about Haywire’s post-production. Director Steven Soderbergh deepened the voice ... more >