Brian De Palma

Katherine Heigl unleashes the villain she was born to play in erotic thriller 'Unforgettable'

Katherine Heigl unleashes the villain she was born to play in erotic thriller 'Unforgettable'

Every once in a while, you need a good, juicy, erotic thriller. In the ’90s, they were plentiful, but now they're rare (forget the dopey “50 Shades” movies), which makes savoring the outlandishly entertaining “Unforgettable” worthwhile. It's a female-driven melodrama — a “women's picture” as they used to call them in the Hollywood of the 1940s — that deals frankly with the issues of domestic violence, trauma and motherhood, all wrapped up in a salacious and often deliciously campy package.

Veteran producer Denise Di Novi makes “Unforgettable” her directorial debut, working with a script by Christina Hodson. Di Novi crafts a well-executed thriller that somehow balances these very...

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