Side Effects has been touted as Steven Soderbergh’s last ever film and if that really does turn out to be the case — though somehow it sounds hard to believe — it would make a fairly fitting note on which to end. A movie every bit as schizophrenic as the versatile director’s eclectic filmography, it begins in the style of an Erin Brockovich-type investigation into the pharmaceutical industry before entering more lurid psychological thriller waters. Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) plays a suicidal New Yorker prescribed a series of anti-depressants by psychiatrist Jude Law, only to suffer adverse reactions with devastating consequences. Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones also feature.
The peculiar-sounding Upside Down is the latest from Argentinean filmmaker Juan Solanas, son of Fernando Solanas, co-director (with Octavio Getino) of The Hour of the Furnaces (1968), a landmark of the Third Cinema movement. A French Canadian-produced sci-fi romance, it stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess as two star-crossed lovers separated not just by social class and an unfair political system, but also by gravity: each lives on opposing twinned planets that pull in different directions.
From the producers of the Oscar-winning The Secret in their Eyes, Argentinean thriller Tesis sobre un homicidio again stars Ricardo Darín, this time as a criminal law expert who becomes convinced that one of his students (Alberto Ammann, Cell 211) is behind a vicious murder committed on the doorstep of the law faculty.