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'Inside Man'
(Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, et al / R / 87 mins / Universal)

Overview: Spike Lee directs Denzel Washington in the story of a cop trying to defuse a hostage situation in which an ingenious thief attempts to pull off a flawless bank robbery.

Verdict: Every single supporting character in this film, and there are tons of them, is so well-written and -performed you'd like to see each of them in their own movie. And the jumble of voices and ethnicities amounts to its own subplot about post-9/11 anxiety over public life. Leisurely, and smoothly made 'Inside Man' is hugely entertaining and quite possibly Lee's most polished and satisfying work thus far. and Foster in a skirt! Yeah I know, after all the action-hero stuff she's been doing lately battling terrorists and home invaders it's weird to see her relieved of the burden of being The Man all the time and playing against type as a sinister-ish corporate power player ... but it sooooo works!