Cinema: No Slumming in Summertime

Three ambitious new films enliven the dog days

MANHUNTER

Watch out, America, full moon's coming. That's when a wily psychopath -- a werewolf of modern paranoid fantasies -- turns some idyllic suburban home into a slaughterhouse. And when anyone wanders too close, the psycho (Tom Noonan) festers into action. A tabloid journalist (Stephen Lang) ends up flambeed in a runaway wheelchair. A photo-lab technician (Joan Allen), whose blindness has not inhibited her taste for sexual adventure, invites the psycho home and is soon in mortal peril. His only nemesis is Will Graham (William L. Petersen), an ex-FBI agent who uses a kind of Method forensics to identify with a...

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