Cinema: Eye Drop

ST. IVES

Directed by J. LEE THOMPSON

Screenplay by BARRY BECKERMAN

By now, we pretty well know what to expect from contemporary private eyes, especially the ones who work out of L.A. The eponymous hero of this movie has all the predictable particulars. St. Ives (Charles Bronson) lives in seedy splendor, books and bed just about filling up the furnished flat in his downtown residential hotel. He has fussy, mildly eccentric eating habits: he likes New Orleans chicory coffee and frequents a cafeteria where the food is more honest than the clientele, which runs mostly to grifters, hustlers and small...