Zodiac ★★★★★

“What’s this about?”
“Figures. You got the look”

An obsessive movie with obsessive characters from an obsessive filmmaker, Zodiac is about the uncertainty of evil and the unknowable nature of life itself, and the all-consuming, draining effects on those who get close to answers and can't let go. Fincher, our favorite cynical trickster, stacks the film with mountains of evidence, a ridiculous number of timestamps, and clean digital images, all of which are of no help to the characters or the audience in discerning the true killer. The high level of filmmaking craftsmanship on display, combined with the three career-defining performances, adds up to a wholly immersive experience and one of the best movies of the last 20 years.

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