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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Side Effects

The movie starts out as a seemingly Matt Damon-style lecture on corporate malfeasance, but then turns into a first rate film noir. It stars Rooney Mara, whose evident depression sets the plot into motion:

And also Jude Law, who's still almost as pretty as Mara:

It also stars Channing Tatum, though "Magic Mike" doesn't get to strut his stuff much, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who gamely -- and effectively -- plays against type.

For those who look for such things, the movie provides commentary on big city living, corporate ethics, our legal system, materialism, and so on. But what makes it worthwhile is the commentary on good and evil. Scott Z. Burns, the writer, understands sociopathy well.

See it, you won't regret it.

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