The Fall (movie)

'Nightcrawler' shows how the news worm has turned

'Nightcrawler' shows how the news worm has turned

If it bleeds it leads in the fictional newsroom of director Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler.” Fear is an invaluable commodity at KWLA 6, a local Los Angeles news station struggling to pull in ratings post-CNN, Facebook, TMZ, Twitter and everything else that’s rendered regional broadcasts near obsolete.

“Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut,” counsels veteran news director Nina Romina (Rene Russo) to aspiring freelance cameraman Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal).

Lou, an out of work sociopath in need of a sandwich and shower, has finally found a place where he might fit in — the ethically challenged world of TV journalism. As a stringer,...

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