Gyllenhaal stuns as a sociopathic TV cameraman in ‘Nightcrawler’

October 31, 2014 3:31 AM

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If Sidney Lumet’s “Network” and Billy Wilder’ s “Ace in the Hole’’ had a mutant baby, it would probably look like Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” a pitch-black satire of local TV news in Los Angeles with an eye-popping performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as the paparazzo from Hell.

Kirk Douglas’ ruthless “Ace’’ reporter — exploiting a man trapped in a collapsed mine for all it’s worth — is a model of ethics compared with Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom.

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