February 8, 2013 7:55 AM

Complex ‘Side Effects’ the cure for banal thriller

The baseline mystery of Steven Soderbergh’s masterful Hitchcockian thriller “Side Effects” is “What’s really going on here?” The film keeps viewers emotionally invested yet intellectually off-balance, suffusing even the most ostensibly straightforward scenes with a sense of free-floating anxiety. It pays off with edge-of-the-seat chills, walloping surprises and an uncanny ability to make complex plotting digestible.

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