Movies: Forget the Superheroes

In between the blockbusters, Hollywood is cleverly offering something else: serious, smart movies

Road to Perdition, which opens next month, isn't your typical Tom Hanks movie. The Nicest Guy in Hollywood plays a taciturn hit man in Depression-era Chicago--not the kind of movie you'd expect to see in the summer. No clones. No superheroes. And the car chases never exceed 45 m.p.h. It will be released on July 12, right between Men in Black II (July 3) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (July 26). Walter Parkes, co-head of the DreamWorks film division, concedes that "it's an unusual time to release an R-rated adult picture. But if you look at this summer, it's so front-loaded...

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