Vanity Fair

Starring Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Michael Mann; written by Stuart Beattie.
Running Time: 115 minutes.

Max (Foxx) drives a cab, a day-dreaming everyman, minding his own business; Vincent (Cruise) is an assassin, a tightly-wound, contract killer who just happens to hail Max's cab. From there, Michael Mann evolves what might have been just another genre crime drama into a tense and complex, and wonderfully entertaining, film.

Like many a Hollywood auteur, Mann is enormously talented but notoriously difficult ("auteur' is code for "crazy person'). But, at least since HEAT, Mann has focused his meticulous gaze on the authenticity of his cops and robbers, his boxers and tobacco executives too. He wants it to be real. And while the premise of Collateral may strain credulity (sure

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