Ty Burr
January 22, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

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
Mark Frost, Lee Reynolds
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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