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Steven Soderbergh’s style shines with grittiness, A-listers

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 8:13 am | Updated: 8:51 am, Fri Sep 16, 2011.

We’re moving into the fall movie season this week with a look at Steven Soderbergh’s disease pot-boiler “Contagion,” with a review of Nicolas Winding Refn’s hotly anticipated crime thriller “Drive” coming next time. After that we’ll hit a bit of a lull with (tentatively scheduled) reviews of the lighthearted inside-baseball flick “Moneyball” and the cancer dramedy “50/50,” but I’m confident that things will pick up again soon. And, as I said before, be on the lookout for periodic horror-themed DVD picks as we approach Halloween.

Steven Soderbergh, even when he’s off his game, never fails to fascinate as a director. In 1989 he brought indie filmmaking into the mainstream with the trail-blazing Cannes winner “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” and in the decades since his indie roots have re-emerged with such eyebrow-raising works as “Bubble” (an incredible, slow-burn character piece comprised entirely of non-professional actors), “The Girlfriend Experience” (starring real-life adult film actress Sasha Grey) and “Che” (the four-hour Che Guevara biopic that nobody saw but everybody professes to “admire”).

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