The Ninth Gate (1999)
The pacing and stylishness of the Roman Polanski thriller is enchanting, as a web of mystique is spun around antique book dealer Johnny Depp. Unfortunately, the script is tedious and self-important. It's the kind of movie that knows it heads for the cliff, but still keeps going. The dialogue is useful, however, and this, along with a few well-directed scenes, keeps our interest for a while. Johnny Depp predicts the problems and has some fun with his role.