We were saddened to learn of the passing of writer/director Joel Schumacher at the age of 80. A director of a number of iconic films as well as a handful of iconic flops Schumacher is also the director who fully leaned into the homoerotic subtext of the Batman story in the two Batman films he directed. Our Rialto Recommends is one of his two cinematic outings with source material from John Grisham. Released in 1994 THE CLIENT stars Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, and Brad Renfro. In THE CLIENT a young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family. The Client may not reinvent the tenets of the legal drama, but Joel Schumacher's sturdy directorial hand and a high-caliber cast bring John Grisham's page-turner to life with engrossing suspense. Rolling Stone called it "A high-voltage charge of suspense, action and humor." THE CLIENT is streaming on HBOMax and is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu, RedBox and others HERE.