Thats the point. Bateman isnt a refined killer like Hannibal Lecter or a wordless monster like Michael Myers. Hes what inspired the title of psychologist Martha Stouts book The Sociopath Next Door, which has the stomach-churning tagline, 1 in 25 Americans secretly has no conscience and can do anything at all without feeling guilty. Everything that makes Bateman a monster makes him a yuppie. Bale, the former teen star of Empire of the Sun and Newsies, utilizes his handsome and commanding presence, driving home the point that Bateman could pass as the man parents want to see their daughters bring home.
Bales real-life stepmother is more socially astute; his dad is married to feminist Gloria Steinem, who, ironically, tried to prevent the publishing of the original novel. 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For tickets and information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25.
Fri., April 4, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 11:55 p.m., 2008