October 3, 2008
By Laurence Phelan
The Zodiac killer, who terrorised San Francisco in the 1970s, was the model for all those movie psychos who taunt the police and the press while going about their dastardly business. But unlike his first hit, 'Se7en', David Fincher's rigorous procedural thriller avoids all the cliches of the genre, and is chillingly real as a result. Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jnr star.
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Co-written with his childhood friend Owen Wilson, and co- starring his deadpan muse, Bill Murray, this is still the most satisfying of the oddball whimsies directed by the indie film stylist Wes Anderson. Jason Schwartzman (left) shines as a busy, but under-achieving student battling with Murray's local industrialist for the affections of his biology tutor (Olivia Williams).
A scientist (Jeff Goldblum) trying to develop a teleportation machine accidentally splices his genetic material with that of a bluebottle, and then begins to mutate and disintegrate before his journalist girlfriend's eyes. David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the 1950s Vincent Price B-movie is the ultimate expression of his early "body horror" aesthetic, but at its core is an affecting drama. Geena Davies stars.
The variously loveless, desperate and lonely lives of a dozen damaged characters intersect in LA, in a tragicomic, three-hour contemporary soap opera that Paul Thomas Anderson orchestrates with a rare skill and verve. Tom Cruise (right) stands out, among an A- grade cast, as a misogynistic motivational speaker. With Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and William H Macy.
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