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'Nightcrawler': Jake Gyllenhaal keeps up his gonzo streak

'Nightcrawler': Jake Gyllenhaal keeps up his gonzo streak

Jake Gyllenhaal's character in "Nightcrawler" is no swashbuckling action hero, nor is he a swoon-inducing hunk. He's a sallow, sunken-eyed scavenger, a nocturnal crime-scene paparazzo with an eerie sense of determination and a busted moral compass.

He is, in other words, a bit of an unlikely protagonist — not only for his off-putting qualities, but because just a few years ago Gyllenhaal seemed poised to make the leap from critical darling to full-blown popcorn movie star. Instead, the actor evolved into something different, and more interesting.

Having broken out with "Donnie Darko" and earned an Oscar nomination for "Brokeback Mountain,"...

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