The movie business is a merciless racket, and even lifelong racketeers can only take so much of it. Be Cool (2005) is an extension of the mobster-to-mogul fairytale begun in Get Shorty (1995). Fed up with an industry that demands an inferior sequel to every superior picture, half-reformed wiseguy Chili Palmer turns his back on the Hollywood dream factory and steps right onto the slippery slope of L.A.’s music-management hit parade. Along the way to chart-topping success, the charming thug-lite encounters and reconfigures the hostile attentions of rapper big shots, Russian gangsters, and a band of arena-rock dinosaurs. Be Cool knows how to serve up a beat-down with a beat.