Cadillac Records is a satisfying amble through a rich chapter of American pop culture, the story of Chess Records and the personalities who made musical history there told with equal parts nostalgia, humor, and awe.
Leadbelly reminisces about the hard life of the blues legend - from wide-eyed innocent country boy to swaggering, hot-tempered young man to a still-robust white hair carrying the weight of years of sin and experience.
L.A. Confidential, the densely plotted '50s cop yarn based on James Ellroy's novel, is chilly and brutish and unforgiving. But for all that, it never quite sinks into utter cynicism and the principle characters retain a shred of idealism.