Jake Gyllenhall and the After Dark Side of Television News

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In Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a freelance cameraman who races to the sound of police scanners, looking for shots of auto crashes and shootings — hopefully including victims with bloody wounds. It’s appropriate that the film is debuting tonight on Halloween. Nightcrawler is a horror story about the grotesque preoccupation with crime and violence on TV news in Los Angeles.  But the writer-director, Dan Gilroy, says its implications are broader than that.