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Review: Side Effects

Side-Effects-PosterFirst Steven Soderbergh terrifies us of falling ill with “Contagion” and now he makes us wary of the medication that should make us better with “Side Effects.”

Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) had it good. She met a kind, handsome guy (Channing Tatum) with a flourishing career; they fell in love, got married and set out to begin a luxurious life filled with wealth and romance. Unfortunately, in an instant, her fairy tale was decimated when her husband was taken away from a lavish Connecticut estate in handcuffs, convicted of insider trading and thrown in prison. A dedicated wife, Emily holds strong, visiting Martin on a regular basis and welcoming him home with open arms after his release.

However, even though she’s thrilled to have him back, the experience is so jarring it stirs up a former issue with depression. Eager to get out of her current funk, Emily starts seeing Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) who gives her a prescription for a drug called Ablixa. While the pills do brighten her mood, they also cause Emily to get up in the middle of the night, walk around and even cook meals – all in her sleep. Brushed off as a mere side effect, Emily continues the regimen, but when her mid-slumber behavior turns violent, nobody knows who to blame – Dr. Banks, Ablixa or Emily herself.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

GI-Joe-Retaliation-PosterAfter all the hype, a little something beyond a blurry Superman in cuffs and a rather familiar looking destruction shot would have been nice, but while the posters for Man of Steel and Star Trek Into Darkness fell short, at least one of the two made up for it with a truly wicked first teaser trailer.

The Best Stuff

1. Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Trailer: J.J. Abrams, you are officially forgiven for that mean trick you played while on Conan back in October. Not only does the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer offer up a rapid-fire sequence of picturesque and explosive imagery, but it also functions as a character piece, both highlighting the villain and packing the power to make you feel his wrath.

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