By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated October 22, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Steven Soderbergh’s small cubist masterpiece about crime and punishment follows a British ex-con (Terence Stamp, his face a mask of sang-froid) who slips into L.A. as an avenging stranger: His daughter, who once lived with an oily Hollywood record producer (Peter Fonda), is dead, and Dad suspects foul play. Splintering time and action even more than he did in Out of Sight, the director has zingy fun with a compact, efficient story. A