Review: Side Effects (2013)

Steven Soderbergh’s final film (allegedly) before he puts his feet up with pipe and slippers, Side Effects is a dark Hitchcockian game of smoke and mirrors, and is certainly up there with the director’s best work. Beginning as a medical drama in the vein of his 2011 flick Contagion, the story takes a left turn …

Review: Magic Mike (2012)

Predictably, much of the attention surrounding Magic Mike has focussed on the amount of bare male flesh on display. Partly this is because Hollywood is notorious for cheerfully throwing female nudity up on the screen without batting an eyelid, while remaining remarkably reticent to do the same for the opposite sex. Even here, in a film …