KISS KISS, BANG BANG
2005, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Shane Black

In this a breezy take on writer-director Shane Black's trademark buddy action/comedy oeuvre, a petty thief (Robert Downey Jr.) is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation, along with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and a detective (Val Kilmer) who has been training him for his upcoming role.


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.”


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