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Storyville

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Storyville

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, James Spader, Piper Laurie, Charlotte Lewis, Jason Robards, Michael Warren, Woody Strode
director:
Mark Frost
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
7906, 70635
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Mark Frost’s feature debut is easily the video find of the week. Unlike David Lynch, his Twin Peaks partner, director Frost is interested in keeping us just a little off balance. Storyville follows a wealthy New Orleans scion (James Spader) whose boredom — he’s running for the Senate because there’s not much else to do — evaporates after a blackmail attempt opens a can of family worms. The convoluted plot keeps threatening to overheat, but time after time Frost recovers and heads in unexpectedly rewarding directions. As usual, Spader is superb: It’s the hero’s gradual discovery of his own decency that gives this movie its emotional heft. A-

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