Given the state of the economy, we're due for a good heist movie — after all, who would you rather see getting away with ill-gotten gains: an oversized, corrupt financial institution or a skilled set of charismatic bandits? We know who we'd root for, any day. This week a high-living team of criminals known for their precision bank robberies takes to the screen, trying to pull off that infamous "one last job" that's always ripe for cinematic doom. If that combination of style and ill-fated heist appeals, we recommend checking out (or rewatching) Quentin Tarantino's first movie.
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When their recently paroled partner in crime/boss (T.I.) suggests an armored-car robbery swan song with a $20 million payoff, Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Paul Walker, and their expensive suits are drawn in. But this time, a dedicated, equally skilled detective (Matt Dillon) is determined to break their perfect heist record. While we're all for leading a decent life and staying on the right side of the law, forgive us if we hope the crooks aren't too inconvenienced by Dillon's intervention.
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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
More bad guys with a sharp sense of style, prime among them Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. (Chris Penn is in there, too, but a bit fashion-impaired.) Here the intricately planned heist is for diamonds. Problem is, there could be an unidentified traitor in their midst — and the job goes horribly wrong, leaving the survivors at each other's throats. But it is Tarantino at the helm, after all, so cue "violent aftermath set to hip music" and quotable dialogue.