Thomas Crown Affair, The (1999)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), directed by John McTiernan.

This remake of The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) is slick and rich-looking, with enough clever bits to keep it exciting. The personalities are more of a problem:

I like honest working-class police detective Denis Leary better than either. He doesn't give a damn about fine art. That Catherine Banning is out of his league: just as well.

The elaborate art thefts: I can't help thinking of Hudson Hawk (1991). It's an acceptable romantic action plot but I think the switcheroos toward the end tend to the silly side, redeemed by Nina Simone singing "Sinnerman". It's a good score throughout.

It was just after this that director McTiernan hired PI-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano to do some illegal wiretapping. McTiernan later spent time in jail for that.