David Fincher's methodical examination of the infamous Zodiac murders of the late 1960s and early 1970s may disappoint moviegoers expecting slick thrills: It's more ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976) than SE7EN (1995). But its dissection of the ultimate cold case, drawn from Robert Graysmith's best-seller, is a chilling exercise in soul-eroding anxiety.
July 4, 1969: A gunman ambushes a young couple (Ciara Hughes, Lee Norris) parked at a popular Vallejo, California, make-out spot, killing the woman and wounding the man. He reports his own crime to the police, and casually confesses to an earlier double homicide. A month later, three Bay Area newspapers — The...