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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★

    The plot here is pretty interesting: a hitman commandeers a cab driver's car, using the driver for (wait for it...) collateral. But it's the dynamic between hitman Vincent (Cruise) and cabbie Max (Foxx) that is quite fascinating.

    Though Cruise has control of the situation, and is cold-blooded, he finds a strange kinship, and even valor when it comes to his relationship with Max. He actually protects Max so far as it is not in opposition to his own goals. But…

  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★

    The word "quirky" was practically invented for "Rushmore," a stylish, slight, and somewhat gimmicky film that is more style than substance, but ends with a sweet -- dare I say moving? -- finish.

    On the surface, it's about a 15-year old eccentric, Max (Schwartzman), his millionaire friend (Murray), and the widowed teacher they both love. To be sure, it's an unconventional love triangle, but one that somehow work, since all three connect with one another despite their misgivings.

    Though they…