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Laramie Movie Scope:
The Shadow

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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July 11, 1994 -- ``The Shadow'' is a stylish comic book-style film of the likes of ``Batman'' and ``Dick Tracy.'' While its not quite as good as ``Batman,'' it does have its moments. Very impressive set design and cinemaphotography that create a very eerie version of New York, just as striking at Batman's Gotham City.

Unlike Batman, however, this film is light and bouncy and doesn't take itself seriously. Wry humor is sprinkled through the script and there's some marvelous characters, like Tim Curry's (``Rocky Horror Film'') mad scientist, and funnyman Jonathan Winters winking his way through the role of a police commissioner. They, and other minor characters, are fun to watch.

Hunk Alec Baldwin plays the title role, while sizzling Penelope Ann Miller is Margo Lane, the love interest. John Lone is very good as Shiwan Kahn, the villain. He is menacing and evil, but has some nobility at the same time.

Director Russell Mulcahy has made a film with a unique look (when's the last time you saw a Cord car used as a taxi?). The special effects are good and there's some suspense in the story. It's a little wacky, but it packs a pretty entertaining punch. It rates a B.

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