Heat ★★★★½

Pretty immaculate all the way through. So gestural and emotionally grounded, a procedural truly rooted in the melancholy of being unable to fulfill one's responsibilities. Mann takes this idea and filters it through work, family (heartbreakingly so) and one's personal ideals to create a brooding, unflinchingly masculine cat and mouse chase with some truly stunning set-pieces. Its final sequence speaks to the elegiac listlessness at the heart of this gem; two masters of their trade, who have severed themselves from their families to drift in loneliness, only finding each other when it's too late.