Storyville (1992)

Poster_of_the_movie_StoryvilleBy Scott Goldfine

A Louisiana attorney (James Spader) running for Congress battles his opponent, blackmail, a corporate cover-up and marital discord in this muddled political mystery. The film glides along picking up several characters and associated plot complications — none of which deliver satisfying payoffs.

Spader is compelling and there’s some genuine intrigue, but it can’t save this annoying loser. Also stars Joanne Whalley, Jason RobardsPiper Laurie and Michael Parks. Rated R.

GRADE: D+

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