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Nightcrawler

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

The brother of filmmaker Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) and the son of playwright Frank D. Gilroy, screenwriter Dan Gilroy makes a dynamic directorial debut with Nightcrawler. He takes on the cutthroat world of television news, which is more concerned today with spectacle and ratings ("if it bleeds, it leads") than with actual information, in a way that's startling and not at all angry or preachy. It's a high-speed, nocturnal movie, preoccupied with cars and streets, lights and cameras. A weird, but driven and determined outcast, Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), makes a living stealing and selling scrap metal. When he witnesses a "nightcrawler" (Bill Paxton), i.e. a freelance cameraman in search of news footage, in action, he decides that it's the life for him. More...

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