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Time to batten down the hatches and hide the booze, theater owners: We’re only a little more than a month away from the release (pun completely intended) of the second film in the not-quite-softcore series of Fifty Shades Of Grey films. Based on the book by E.L. James—whose husband, novelist Niall Leonard, wrote the screenplayFifty Shades Darker seems to focus less on whips and chains and more on the emotional component of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) newly rekindled relationship.

However, underneath all the passionate lovemaking in an elevator (and the shower, and then another shower), there’s something sinister afoot—and we don’t mean Dakota Johnson’s bizarre line delivery on the word “hungry.” More like stalkers with guns and helicopter crashes.


Fifty Shades Darker opens on February 10.

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