Heat ★★★½

Unfortunately, they don't make 'em like this anymore. After having our senses numb by all the shaky cameras, super-fast cuts and loud explanatory soundtracks, this was like a breath of fresh air.
These joys don't come around often: being able to savor the magnificent street shootout in all its detailed glory (as well as all other action pieces), enjoying brilliant heists and clever chases unfold patiently, getting to know a whole lot of characters that not only are by no means stupid, but actually can hold a very articulate conversation, and finally, taking in all the nuanced performances from an all-star cast.
Although playing two sides of one coin, Pacino's fiery genius cop and DeNiro's cool and even more genius thief isn't either's best performance; it is utterly exciting to watch them play cat and mouse in a movie that's actually worth having them.

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