ZODIAC
2007, Paramount, 157 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

Based on the true story of the serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s, this engrossing mystery stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the manhunt; Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. are the police inspector and reporter, respectively, on the same mission. With a meticulous attention to detail (and plenty of foreboding atmosphere courtesy of Harris Savides’ cinematography), this may be the last word on a case that remains officially unsolved.


NATURAL BORN KILLERS
1994, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

This satirical look at the depths to which tabloid media will sink to deliver a good crime story was named one of the 10 most controversial films in history by Entertainment Weekly. As serial killers/lovers Mickey and Mallory (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) blaze an exceptionally gory trail across the Southwest, they are pursued by an enraged police detective (Tom Sizemore) and elevated to folk heroes by Wayne Gale (Robert Downey Jr.), the host of the popular TV show “American Maniacs.”


THE JUDGE
2014, Warner Bros., 140 min, USA, Dir: David Dobkin

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) left Carlinville, Indiana behind years ago for a career as a lawyer; returning to his hometown for his mother’s funeral, he’ll need all the legal expertise he has to help his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a local judge accused of murder. Starring two-time Oscar nominee Downey and two-time Oscar winner Duvall, the top-flight cast includes Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton as the prosecutor gunning for Judge Joe Palmer.


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