(Warner Bros., 1998)
Superlative action thriller, with Samuel Jackson and Kevin Spacey, both at the top of their craft, in one of the most unlikely screen pairings you're likely to find. Separately, they're awesome, and once Spacey's character is introduced, forty-plus minutes into the movie, and they start playing off of each other, the fireworks really start, occasionally literally. The supporting cast deliver solid performances in every respect as well. By turns funny, suspenseful, and over the top, director F. Gary Gray guides it through twists and turns to a great screen climax, but only after paying off every set up in the movie.