Tensions arise between a writer and her coterie aboard an ocean liner in Steven Soderbergh's sweet, unfocused dramaThere's an awful lot going on in this new movie from Steven Soderbergh. The title is appropriate: it's garrulous, elegant, bristling with classy performances from an A-list cast, and Deborah Eisenberg's screenplay has a theatrical intimacy. It's loosely and waywardly plotted, perhaps as a result of having gone through many drafts, though maybe not enough. It is slightly unfocused and uncertain as to where its emotional centre really lies â€“ though there is a charm and a big dramatic finale.The story is mostly set (and economically filmed, by Soderbergh himself) on a luxury liner, , the Queen Mary 2, crossing from New York to Southampton. Meryl Streep plays Alice Hughes, a renowned novelist whose reputation and sales rely chiefly on a sensational early book about the collapse of a woman's marriage. Her agent (Gemma Chan) takes her out for lunch and has to charm her cantankerous client into going to London to accept a prestigious award; she is also nervous about the fact that Alice still hasn't delivered her latest manuscript but excited at the rumours that it could be a sequel to the sensational early book.