Cinema: Deep Throat Takes Center Stage

Michael Mann loves bad guys. Loves their drive, the snarl in their stare, the swagger they have learned and earned. From his first feature film, 1981's Thief, to the 1995 Heat and his swankily corrosive TV shows Miami Vice and Crime Story, the writer-director has toured the underworld and found it a great place to visit.

The Insider (Why not call it Smoke?) has Al Pacino (as 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman) pointing and shouting like an aging mafioso. But Pacino is one of the good guys. The real gangsters are tobacco barons in Louisville, Ky., and network lawyers in New...

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