Die Hard: With a Vengeance ★★★★

The third Die Hard installment zooms out a little (not in a building, but in a whole borough!) and lets its Rube Goldberg plot run amok. The focus on the movie really is the forced relationship between Willis's John McClane and Sam Jackson's Zeus Carver, and it's a lot of fun. One of the film's saving graces is that it was made before "action movie" meant editing mayhem (Bayhem?) and CGI wastefulness. This movie also was made before SLJ just played variations of previous SLJ characters. Plot holes? Oh yeah — but just listen to the leads bicker. I want a spin-off franchise.

Bonus: musician Sam Phillips's almost robotic performance as mute bad guy.