in about 100 words or less
US 117m, Colour
Director: Dan Gilroy; Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
Easily the most entertaining movie of 2014, Nightcrawler is about Louis “Lou” Bloom, a petty thief turned freelance news videographer whose moral compass is guided by profit and self-interest. A quick learner, Lou impresses a local news director with footage that he shoots after unlawfully manipulating crime scenes. In his orchestration of the “news” events, subsequent to a deadly home invasion, Lou gambles everything on an exclusive that will win him the acclaim that he feels he deserves. Overlooked by the Academy in 2015, Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-worthy performance was one of the best of the year, as was Gilroy’s directorial debut (Klaus Ming February 2015).