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!
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.