The Usual Suspects ★★★½

Adeptly directed by Bryan Singer, this is an interesting and worthwhile but overrated crime thriller. There is more to the movie than first meets the eye, but it is manipulative rather than genuinely clever, and its complete dependence on the admittedly effective and memorable but ultimately gimmicky twist ending is simultaneously a strength and a weakness. Uniformly excellent performances by the cast, which includes a magnificent Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, and Pete Postlethwaite.