DIRECTOR: JOE DANTE
WRITER: CHARLIE HAAS
THE BOTTOM LINE: A casual manner belies a bright satirical intelligence in a short, sharp period comedy.
In his own eerily confident mind, Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) is both a motion-picture visionary and a good old-fashioned showman. To his critics -- just about every zit-free moviegoer in the country -- he's a schlockmeister, producer of a string of cheapo '50s horror movies in which mutant monsters, by-products of nuclear carelessness, at once symbolize and exploit everyone's edginess about the recently unleashed atom.
But wait a minute. It's 1962; the New Frontier has been...