Payback (movie)

New Releases: 'Side Effects,' 'Beautiful Creatures' and more

New Releases: 'Side Effects,' 'Beautiful Creatures' and more

Side Effects

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Available on VOD beginning Tuesday

Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns don't really try to reinvent the psychological thriller with their film. Structurally, it's a conventionally twisty mystery, with Jude Law playing a psychiatrist who goes into investigative mode when one of his patients (Rooney Mara) commits a heinous crime. But Soderbergh and Burns do strike an appealingly low-key tone here, not even tipping their hands that the movie is a genre piece until the second half. They're more interested in the culture of pills and palliatives that Law inhabits, and how it's convinced everyone —...

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