October 29, 2014 8:20 PM

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They mostly come out at night, under the cloak of darkness. They swarm around dead bodies and carnage. Around the wounded, the maimed, the vulnerable. They're hated by some, loathed by others. No, not vultures. Not vampires. Crime journalists. Stringers, aka "nightcrawlers," with no conscience, who would do anything for the right photo op. They can be more despicable than you think.

In the back alleys of Los Angeles, Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a sociopath who looks like he hasn't bathed in weeks, sells stolen manhole covers and wire fencing to junkyards to make a meager living. He has an "ah hah" moment the night he encounters photographers swarming over a crime scene. When...

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