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'Nightcrawler' cuts it close in its dark look at local TV news
'Nightcrawler' cuts it close in its dark look at local TV news

"Nightcrawler" is pulp with a purpose. A smart, engaged film powered by an altogether remarkable performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, it is melodrama grounded in a disturbing reality, an extreme scenario that is troubling because it cuts close to the bone. The theme of "Nightcrawler," written and directed by Dan Gilroy, is the excesses of the "if it bleeds, it leads" culture of local television news, a world where the words "what you are about to see is graphic" are both a warning and a come-on. But the main attraction of this film is not what goes on behind the scenes at Los Angeles' fictional KWLA, Channel 6, but rather an examination of the...

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