Director Steven Soderbergh has insisted that “Side Effects” is his last foray on to the big screen. He’s been adamant in his plans to move on to stage work and writing and pretty much anything but film. And that’s his right. But screens won’t be quite as luminous without him behind the camera, nor will the filmmaking community be able to replace a voice as unique as his.

In a strange way, he’s getting to read his own cinematic obituary by leaving on his own terms, and I can’t fault him for wanting to reflect on his own career, whether it’s temporary or permanent leave of absense. I haven’t enjoyed all of his films – “Ocean’s Thirteen” immediately comes to mind – and some I simply haven’t seen. But the ones I have experienced, good or bad, have each left an imprint on me, which is something I can’t say of most filmmakers. And “Side Effects” is no exception. It has “minor classic” written all over it.

Rating: ★★★★ out of ★★★★★ (Very Good)

Full review: Side Effects

-J. Olson

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