Side Effects

Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring:  Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones, Channing Tatum Review:  2 stars (of five) Last year, Soderbergh gave us two small films, the taut thriller Haywire and the fun male-stripper drama Magic Mike.  I began my review for the latter with “Steven Soderbergh doesn’t disappoint.  Not so, I’m afraid. Soderbergh is an excellent director, but not even his cool, quietly commanding style can save a flawed script full of the laziest plot holes I’ve seen in ages, nor can it overcome the disappointment of starting out as a potentially fascinating critique of pop culture before...

Comics: Giants Beware Feb14

Comics: Giants Bewar...

A seven-year-old girl loaned me Giants Beware, and if I were a seven-year-old girl, I’d have to think that book was pretty freakin’ awesome.  As an adult, I can see its considerable charm, but the slick adherence to sitcom humor, from the self-conscious character quirks to the...