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Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller; Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones; rated R) The Last Stand (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville; rated R) Beautiful Creatures (Ya fantasy romance; Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson; rated PG-13) Parker (action; Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez; rated R) Kid-Thing (dramedy; Sydney Aguirre, Nathan Zellner; pretheatrical release...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Side Effects - Open Road Films - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ann Dowd. Full cast + crew For a while now I've wondered if we're re-entering the age of fantastic Hollywood thrillers, and Side Effects certainly has all of the ingredients necessary - a fantastic cast, a fantastic director, and a murder mystery - but it just doesn't gel in the ways one would think. Rooney Mara stars as the depressed wife of a once-successful finance man (Channing Tatum) who goes on an experimental new drug when he's released from prison. It puts her in a pill-induced funk, someone dies, and the question becomes is she a murderer or a victim of bad medicine...
- Peter Hall
Catherine Zeta-Jones got the help she needed. In late April, the Side Effects star checked herself into treatment for her bipolar II disorder. And on Tuesday, Michael Douglas' love is expected to be released from treatment, the actor tells People. "Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility," Zeta-Jones' rep said in a statement last month. "Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner." The 43-year-old Oscar winner first sought treatment for bipolar disorder in April 2011. Afterwards, she candidly opened up about her struggle. "This is a disorder that affects millions of people, and »
Side Effects Thanks to my visit to Cannes I no longer have to cite Side Effects as the only good movie of 2013 so far. In fact, once Friday rolls around another one of my favorite films of 2013 hits theaters in the form of Before Midnight. However, back to Side Effects, a truly fantastic, smart and intriguing film from Steven Soderbergh. The disc arrived shortly before I had to leave for Cannes so I haven't had a chance to watch it again, but I did see it twice in theaters and will welcome another visit once I get back home.
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season I started watching this right before I left for Cannes as well and actually took the DVD discs with me to Cannes, hoping I'd have some opportunity to watch at least a couple more episodes. No dice. I really enjoy the "True Blood" series »
- Brad Brevet
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This was always going to be the most contentious of all the selections for some – the story of Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his tempestuous 6 year relationship with toyboy Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) was hardly ever the stuff of blockbusters, but with those two talents in the leading roles, and the considerable pull of Steven Soderbergh at the healm, it’s a Made For TV Movie in different clothing.
And how apt an evaluation that turns out to be – the story of the flamboyant stage artist and his younger lover might be as far from Soderbergh’s excellent and under-appreciated Side Effects, and it may seem like the sort of thing actors well past their prime might take to a lesser cable channel, but the reality is an awful lot different. Behind the candelabras and the outrageous costumes is a love story with real friction, wrestling with »
- Simon Gallagher
Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar, Part 1 & Part 2
You don’t need to be a fan of the original Tenchi Muyo series to dig its spinoff series, War on Geminar. The 13-episode blu-ray series follows the exploits of Tenchi’s half-brother Kenchi. The series opens up with a great mech action sequence, introducing us to Kenchi as an assassin. Soon enough, he goes from killer to kindhearted to savior. If you’re not familiar with the world, learning some of the rules of how Sacred Mechanoid masters works may take some time, but it’s a fun journey overall, filled with wild antics. The mech fights in episode one and episodes 9-13 are great to watch.
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season
- Bags Hooper
Steven Soderbergh's biopic of the pianist is a bizarre anti-Pinocchio parable in which toxic love transforms a handsome young man into a deeply unhappy latex doll
After Side Effects, supposedly his final work for the cinema, Steven Soderbergh has now apparently performed his post-swansong. Behind the Candelabra was commissioned for HBO television but is shown here in the Cannes festival competition as a standalone feature-length drama: a bizarre anti-Pinocchio parable in which the power of loneliness and toxic love transform a handsome young man into a deeply unhappy, plump-nosed, cleft-chinned latex doll. It's the true-life story of the flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young companion and chauffeur Scott Thorson, taking us from the couple's ecstatic first meeting backstage in Las Vegas in 1976 to Liberace's death from an Aids-related illness in 1987.
The film is mesmeric, riskily incorrect, outrageously watchable and simply outrageous. Unlike ITV's Vicious, which stars two famously gay actors, »
- Peter Bradshaw
It's almost unfair how easy Steven Soderbergh makes it look. As the filmmaker heads into his hiatus from movie-making, he's spent the few last years dipping between high grade entertainment ("Magic Mike") and accomplished genre films ("Side Effects," "Haywire") and for his goodbye, he's more or less combined the two. "Behind The Candelabra" is a cinematic bauble, that coats typical biopic fare with some real panache and heart. And while this does indeed mark Soderbergh's last hurrah for now, it's likely that a different narrative will soon form around the film. That narrative will surround Michael Douglas, with the 68 year-old actor delivering his best performance in a least a decade if not longer. It's hard to put into words how much of a transformation Douglas undergoes in the role of Liberace, but it truly is revelatory. Granted, he probably hasn't had a part this good since his double whammy of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Side Effects was shot primarily on location in and around New York City, which director Steven Soderbergh says can be intimidating. “There are so many iconic New York movies. I decided that the important thing was to make the locations organic to this movie. The narrative is the priority. That doesn’t mean we didn’t look for locations that were interesting and different, but I don’t go anywhere one of the characters hasn’t been.” With that in mind, some of the locales that were chosen for filming definitely come under the heading of “gritty.” At Manhattan Psychiatric Center the filmmakers shot [...]
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- Meredith Ennis
Whilst Side Effects has received a lot of publicity for potentially being Steven Soderbergh’s last film, the HBO produced Behind the Candelabra is currently playing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and will receive a theatrical release throughout Europe next month.
‘TV Movies’ have played Cannes before and they will no doubt play here again, particularly as the line continue to blur between the two mediums and American television continues to generate so much incredible work, and Behind the Candelabra is a fine choice for a festival which Soderbergh has such an important history with.
If Steven Soderbergh does indeed give up filmmaking and begins working on television instead, and Behind the Candelabra is anything to go by, the only thing that will be missed will be the chance to see his work on a cinema screen. Behind the Candelabra is as much a film as any other »
- Craig Skinner
If Steven Soderbergh is truly done with feature films we should be thankful he left us with three great films, one after another, before his departure. With Magic Mike, Side Effects and now Behind the Candelabra that's three films in a row that most directors could not achieve the likes of over the course of a career, let alone the rest of Soderbergh's oeuvre from Sex, Lies, and Videotape to Traffic. Behind the Candelabra says as much about us as a society as it does about its two protagonists in a story that's surprisingly dark at times, just as it is emotionally rewarding, entertaining and even humorous. Tracing events from 1977-1986, the story follows the life of Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) as he goes from being a Hollywood animal handler to the dazzling lifestyle and palatial estate of famed Las Vegas entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas). Growing up an orphan, moving from house to house, »
- Brad Brevet
Parker and Stand Up Guys are also available on DVD this week. Beautiful Creatures Alice Englert stars as a witch in this romantic, fantastical movie that may fill the void left by the end of the Twilight franchise. Set in the South, the adaptation of the young-adult novel follows Lena (Englert) as she discovers her powers and falls for local boy Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich). Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis add some actor credibility to the cast, but it's Ehrenreich's charisma that makes the biggest impression. The DVD comes with a trailer for author Margaret Stohl's next book, plus deleted scenes. 45% Side Effects Steven Soderbergh directs Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum in a stylish thriller that puts antidepressants under the microscope. When Emily's (Mara) therapist (Jude Law) prescribes her a new drug to treat her anxiety, she comes out of the daze she's been in since her husband (Tatum) returned from prison. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The saga of director David Fincher’s delayed remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a long and painful one. There have been many incarnations of Jules Verne’s classic 1870 novel, both on film and television, but it’s the 1954 Disney production – the only science-fiction film produced by Walt Disney himself – which to date remains the most beloved and definitive version of the story.
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Fincher has been chasing this project for a long time. It was finally set to go into production a few months ago with Fincher’s Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker to rewriting a script by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns. Now the project has reportedly been put on hold once again, with production due to begin in early 2014.
The delay was reported by the Sydney ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Moviefone's New Release of the Week “Side Effects” What's it about? Side effects may occur in this psychological thriller about a new prescription drug gone awry starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Why we're In: This film manages to bring sexy and scary into balance, and the cast is a winning combination. Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week “My Neighbor Totoro” What's it about? A classic animated film about two Japanese girls who meet a furry forest sprite, created by acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and featuring voice performances by young Dakota Fanning and her little sister Elle Fanning. Why we're In: “Totoro” is a beloved classic, and we're glad to see it being brought to life once again in Blu-ray. New on DVD & Blu-ray “The Last Stand” What's it about? Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Los Angeles cop-turned-border town sherriff in this shoot-‘em-up, action-packed movie. Johnny Knoxville provides the yucks. »
- Natasha Young
This week: Steven Soderbergh's supposedly final film "Side Effects" is a psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. We tell you why it's a final work worth checking out.
Also new this week is the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to leading-man status in "The Last Stand," the Ya supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures," Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in "Stand Up Guys" and a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
Box Office: $32 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: This twisty tale from Steven Soderbergh is about a woman named Emily (Rooney Mara) who turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law) to help her deal with her intense anxiety attacks after her husband (Channing Tatum) is released from jail. After Banks prescribes an experimental drug to Emily, the side effects have deadly consequences and Banks reaches out to Emily's former shrink (Catherine Zeta-Jones) for advice. »
- Robert DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases May 20-26. This week’s features include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen, The Last Stand, and a film that director Steven Soderbergh claims is his last, Side Effects. Other familiar faces on the list this week include Jeremy Irons in Beautiful Creatures, Camilla Belle and Andy Garcia in Open Road, and Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, and Jason Statham in Parker. Beautiful Creatures This supernatural romance, based on the best-selling young-adult fantasy series, takes place in a Southern town where dark secrets are about to come out, as a young man finds he can’t fight his attraction to a [...]
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- Meredith Ennis
It's not yet one for the ages, but 2013 has had a fairly decent start to the year, cinematically speaking; there's been a lot of crap, but also a lot to recommend, in the shape of films like "Side Effects," "No," "Beyond The Hills," "Ginger & Rosa," "Spring Breakers," "The Place Beyond The Pines," "Upstream Color," "To The Wonder," "Sightseers," "In The House," "Mud," "What Richard Did" and "Frances Ha," among others. And next week, one of our very favorite films of the early part of 2013 arrives in theaters, in the shape of "The Kings Of Summer." We'd had our eye on director Jordan Vogt-Roberts for a while after his excellent short "Successful Alcoholics," so were almost nervous to see how his feature debut, a coming-of-age comedy about three kids who build a house in the woods to escape their overbearing parents one summer. But we shouldn't have worried; when the film premiered at Sundance, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Despite the fact that the action-comedy sequel Red 2 doesn't hit cinemas until July, Summit Entertainment must be confident that it has another hit on its hands, with Deadline revealing that the studio has hired screenwriting siblings Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (whose credits include Red and Red 2, along with the 2009 thriller Whiteout and last year's Hasbro board game adaptation-turned-alien actioner Battleship) to pen the script for Red 3.
The Red franchise is based upon the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer and centres on a trio of 'Retired, Extremely Dangerous' ex black-ops agents, portrayed by Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich. The forthcoming sequel sees Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) taking over directing duties from Red helmer Robert Schwentke, while Mary-Louise Parker returns to the cast alongside new additions Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Side Effects).
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- Flickering Myth
Good afternoon and happy Friday!!!
Out host Tabatha Coffey at the 2013 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles.
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
- Bridget McManus
We know that slip dresses are a trend. Well, we know that they were a trend in the late '90s, right around the time heroine chic had its fifteen minutes of fame. Though Rooney Mara looks beautiful in this barely there slip that she rocked for Cannes, we kinda wish the underwear as ready-to-wear look had gone the way of the waif trend. The Side Effects star's Calvin Klein dress is no doubt well constructed and beautifully crafted, but to the naked eye she looks...naked. Which is why we're saying this look has got to stop. But what's your take? »
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