Published Feb 08, 2013In winter weather, you have to know what you're getting yourself into with a film before you commit to bundling up and stepping out into a blizzard. Head over to our Recently Reviewed section to get a full list of reviews, but stick around to read up on this week's film highlights.
First up is Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects (pictured). The film tells the story of Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), a woman suffering from depression after her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is released from prison. Following Emily's suicide attempt, the film draws a connection between the crumbling economy and the countless quick fixes Emily is prescribed.
There has been a lot of hype circulating around Seth Gordon's Identity Thief starring Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses, The Change Up) as Sandy and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) as identity thief Diana. Coming at a time when Sandy's home and work life are both already in disarray, he must go to Florida to track down the woman who has been running up his credit card bills.
Simon Ennis' Lunarcy is a documentary about our surprisingly popular obsession with the moon, or, more specifically, the idea of the living on it. The film takes a comical approach and focuses on Christopher Carson, a man set on moving to the moon. Fellow lunar-lover Peter Kokh is more concerned with the cultural aspects of life on the moon, while Dennis Hope thinks of himself as the owner of the celestial body.
Middle of Nowhere by Ava DuVernay focuses on Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) and her life after her husband is sent to prison. Deceptively, many aspects of the film seem unclear at first, especially the reasoning for the imprisonment of Ruby's husband and where their money comes from, but "the story, which originally seems humdrum, finds its complexity" in the end, according to our reviewer.
Last up is Nigel Cole's All in Good Time. This family dramedy focuses on a young Indian couple, Atul (Reece Ritchie) and Vina (Amara Karan), and their vastly different families. The film tries to use jokes about Indian culture while also providing an insightful look at sex and marriage, but read our review to see if they did so successfully.
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