18. Side Effects
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vinessa Shaw
Release Date: February 8
After impressing the hell out of audiences as the icy yet vulnerable Lisbeth Salander in 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara spent 2012 on movie sets rather than on big screens. The first result of that professional diligence is Side Effects, from the lauded, seemingly tireless director Steven Soderbergh, and its subject matter sounds just as dark as Dragon Tattoo.
She plays Emily Taylor, a woman on the verge of insanity, a descent into madness provoked by a dependence on prescription drugs as Emily waits for her lover (Channing Tatum) to get home from the clink. Side Effects could very well be Soderbergh's own Repulsion (the classic 1965 examination of feminine insanity from Roman Polanski). Well, one can only hope.