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Steven Soderbergh, Unsane, 2018, 4K video, color, sound, 98 minutes. David Strine (Joshua Leonard) and Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy).

THE FIRST BUT PERHAPS NOT THE LAST Steven Soderbergh movie to get a theatrical release in 2018 is Unsane, which was shot on the iPhone 7 Plus with 4K capture and, of course, a kit of add-on lenses and stabilizers, with probably half the $1.2 million budget going to image-enhancing postproduction. As a result, the movie’s initial twenty minutes look exciting—like nothing you’ve quite seen before, certainly not like Sean Baker’s jittery, neon-hued, made-with-love-and-very-few-dollars iPhone 5s Tangerine (2015). By comparison, the nearly subliminal instability, slightly heightened color, and illicit, hidden-camera intimacy of Unsane, while barely deviating from low-budget-movie norms, efficiently express the psychological-horror narrative, in which a woman is terrorized by a stalker who may have pursued her into the psychiatric facility to which she has been mistakenly—or

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