Director: Stephen Hopkins

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Film:Under Suspicion

Under Suspicion

Stephen Hopkins

Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman star in this suspense-filled tale of interrogation—less of a whodunit than a didhedoit. Freeman plays Victor Benezet, a police captain investigating the murder of a child, and Hackman is Henry Hearst, a prominent lawyer and pillar of the community who also happens to be the prime suspect. Benezet and Hearst have a history together, and Benezet is torn between showing deference for an old friend and prominent community figure and ruthlessly pursuing a man he believes to be a child murderer. Director Stephen Hopkins spins multiple…

Film:Lost in Space

Lost in Space

Stephen Hopkins

Packed with more than 750 dazzling visual effects, this $70 million adventure does more (and less) than give the 1965-68 TV series a state-of-the-art face-lift. Aimed at an audience that wasn’t born when the series originally aired, the sci-fi extravaganza doesn’t even require familiarity, despite cameo appearances by several of the TV show’s original cast members. Instead it’s a high-tech hybrid of the original premise with enough sensory overload to qualify as a spectacular big-screen video game, supported by a time-travel premise that’s adequately clever but hardly original. It’s certainly never boring, and visually it’s an occasionally awesome demonstration of special effects technology. But in its attempt to be all things to all demographics, the movie’s more of a marketing ploy than a satisfying adventure, thankfully dispensing with the TV show’s cheesy camp but otherwise squandering a promising cast in favor of eye-candy and ephemeral storytelling. In keeping with the movie’s high-tech…[more]

Film:Predator 2

Predator 2

Stephen Hopkins

Predator wreaked havoc in the jungle and struck box-office gold, so Hollywood logic dictated that Predator 2 should raise hell in the big, bad city. Los Angeles, to be specific, and this near-future L.A. (circa 1997) is an ultra-violent playground for the invisibility-cloaked alien that hunted Arnold Schwarzenegger in the previous film. Scant explanation is given for the creature’s return, and because Ah-nuld was busy making Total Recall, Danny Glover was awkwardly installed as the maverick cop (is there any other kind?) who defies a…

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