Spike Lee's Inside Man drops below the 400 mark this week to 281 screens, nursing its amazing $87 million-plus gross. That's a big hit for Lee, and a very big hit for such an uncommonly intelligent and subtle Hollywood movie.
As we near the year's halfway point, Inside Man is still my favorite movie of the 100-plus I've seen (not counting a couple of weeks off for the birth of my son, although the only really big movie I missed is Poseidon -- no big loss). I like Inside Man mainly because it wishes to say something about the way we live in the world today, but does so in a way that movies do best: by slipping its message inside a crackerjack thriller yarn. It's the kind of movie Samuel Fuller might have made given a $45 million budget.