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.


SPOTLIGHT
2015, Open Road Films, 128 min, USA, Dir: Tom McCarthy

Among the most riveting profiles of investigative journalism since ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, SPOTLIGHT focuses on the team of Boston Globe staffers who broke the news about the Catholic Church’s cover-up of pedophile priests in the city. Led by newly hired editor Michael Keaton, reporters Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian D’Arcy James methodically piece together a story bigger and more damning than any of them had imagined. “Superbly controlled and engrossingly detailed.” - Justin Chang, Variety.


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
2009, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

In Spike Jonze’s lyrically atmospheric adaptation of the classic Maurice Sendak picture book, Max Records stars as Max, a young boy who throws such a temper tantrum that he is transported to a world of bellowing beasts and jungle treehouses. Wearing his hirsute onesie and an impish smirk, Max is crowned king of the unruly creatures. With the voice talents of James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Dano as the tempestuously neurotic Wild Things, and a kicky score by Coen Brothers favorite Carter Burwell and Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O.


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