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Nightcrawler is an eye-opening thrill ride through Los Angeles--and the one movie you need to see this month.

The just-released film led the Halloween weekend box office with an unexpected kind of creepy. Jake Gyllenhaal, 30 pounds lighter and 100 times scarier than ever before, plays Lou Bloom, an intense Angeleno desperate for a job. (See his elevator pitch to prospective employers here.)

The movie takes off when Bloom climbs the ladder as a freelance crime videographer, crisscrossing the city after hours in search of grisly crimes to capture--and possibly create. Cinematographer Robert Elswit’s shimmering shots (Look, there’s Capitol Records! And the KTLA tower!) lull you into thinking what a beautiful city we live in. And then, during a car chase scene...let’s just say you’ve never been more scared on Mulholland.

The film is a throwback to both sexy ’40s noir and dark ’70s drama. Supporting player Rene Russo is a TV exec (think a modern-day Faye Dunaway in Network), and sociopathic Bloom brings to mind Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.

See it first to get in early on the Best Actor Oscar handicapping. 

Playing at area theaters including Arclight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-464-1478 or

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