At the age of 50, director Steven Soderbergh has announced his retirement. His final theatrical release (the Liberace biopic he helmed will air on HBO in May), Side Effects, has just opened, and it’s a doozy. The tense, claustrophobic thriller hearkens back to Soderbergh’s early days, when the then 26-year-old ushered in the independent film movement with 1989’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape. If you’re catching up on the prolific filmmaker’s repertoire, then that’s the place to start.
Since his stunning debut, Soderbergh has alternated between the subversive (Full Frontal, Solaris) and the blockbusters (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike), with varied success. Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, and The Informant! are all must-see, along with Videotape, Ocean’s, Mike, and Side Effects.
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