Contagion opens with Gwyneth Paltrow coughing into her cell phone at a Chicago airport, with the title "Day 2" ominously burned into the frame. Two days later – and just a few minutes into the movie – her character is dead, as is her six year old son. Thus begins the fast-paced tale of a fast-paced fatal virus, and the… read more!
Movies Directed by Steven Soderbergh (in alphabetical order)
Julia Roberts plays the real-life Erin Brockovich, back when she was a sweetly trashy unemployed mother of three living in an LA suburb. When Erin's rumpled lawyer Ed (Albert Finney) fails to win her anything in an auto accident case, she demands that he at least give her a job as a file clerk, which he reluctantly does. (Erin, as… read more!
Strange but not totally unsuccessful comedy-drama, based on a true story, about Mark Whitacre (a paunchy and mustachioed Matt Damon), a chipper executive at agricultural corporation Archer Daniels Midland, who somewhat inexplicably goes to the FBI to report on the company's illegal price fixing for their corn products. Although the story mostly takes place between 1992 and 1997, Soderbergh shoots… read more!
There are two kinds of heist movies: those where everything goes wrong, and those where everything goes right. At the start of Logan Lucky, with Channing Tatum playing a down-on-his-luck West Virginian who gets fired from his construction job because of the bum leg he got in Iraq, you're not quite sure which kind of heist movie you're in for.… read more!
Generally gripping multi-story drama about Americans and Mexicans on all sides of the failed "War on Drugs", based on the British mini-series Traffik. Like all of Steven Soderbergh's work, this film is stylish, gritty, creative, honest, and well-made. If I don't find Traffic the be-all end-all drug saga that other critics are claiming it to be, it's for one reason:… read more!