Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday: "Zodiac"

Nov. 30, Dec. 5, Dec. 6

A master of the obvious and a cinematic filibusterer, David Fincher ("Seven," "Fight Club," "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button") chilled the fuck out for once with 2007's "Zodiac," an intricate and tricky movie about the police hunt for the Zodiac Killer and the journalistic quest to figure out his identity, and made a masterpiece. Preferable to the ponderous, self-important journalism movie "Spotlight" because here, journalism and investigation hit a wall over and over again—and that's the far more common way things play out for journos. It is also an interesting auto-critique, a movie about obsessives from an obsessive filmmaker that is ultimately about how unwise and fruitless and unhealthy obsession is. Beyond all that chin-scratching stuff, "Zodiac" makes digging through archives insanely compelling and tension-filled. A hypnotic, anti-climactic thriller. Nov. 30, 8 p.m.; Dec. 5 and 6, 1 p.m.; The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424, thesenatortheatre.com, $9. (Brandon Soderberg)

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