Fifty Shades of Grey
First screened in February 2015
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson. Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora. Screenplay: Kelly Marcel (based on the novel by E.L. James).

Twitter Capsule: Two mutually attracted strangers who know themselves well but not what they want. Uneven but not bad. Dakota!

VOR:   Pushes fewer envelopes than it implies it will, but still (or maybe even for that reason) a valuable litmus for modern views of sex. Also a piquant object-lesson in savvy adaptation.

Photo © 2015 Universal Pictures/Focus Features

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Original Song: "Earned It"

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Original Song: "Love Me Like You Do"

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