‘Nightcrawler’ is both snarling comedy and gripping thriller (A-)

October 30, 2014 8:05 PM

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In Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, a sociopathic drifter who seems to have injected the go-get-’em ethos of Dale Carnegie into his veins. Work hard.

Seize the opportunity. His opportunity comes when he stumbles into a freelance gig shooting grisly crime scenes for a bottom-feeding LA newscast. He takes to it like a vulture to a rotting carcass.

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