4. THE TARANTINO TALK
Quentin Tarantino flick uniformly feature dialogue that feels at once vibrant and true to the respective time period. "Django Unchained" is no different, and even in its most brutal sequences, the film finds its footing within its crackling exchanges that break up the action. Watch out for a supremely tense extended sequence that elongates the feeling of dread from the bar scene in "Inglorious Basterds" -- as a business transaction is calmly hashed out, the knot in the viewer's stomach grows, and one dreads that a pistol will be unholstered in order to take down our hero. "Django Unchained" shines because its quiet words can be just as gut-punching as a sawed-off shotgun.