• Detour, a lasting influence on Errol Morris and Guy Maddin, screens from film this Thursday.

Riding into town on a wave of controversy, Kathryn Bigelow’s fictionalized account of the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, opens in Chicago this weekend. A number of politicians and political journalists have accused the film of factual inaccuracies, with some going so far as to say the film glorifies torture. While acknowledging the debate, J.R. Jones recommends the film in this week’s issue, praising Bigelow for confronting “the darkest currents of American military might.” I haven’t seen it yet myself, though I’d contend that anything by the director of Near Dark and Strange Days is worth seeing for Bigelow’s masterful control of pacing, physical detail, and tension. But if you like your suspense films a bit further removed from current events, hey, Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour is playing at Doc Films on Thursday.