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Crime, Drama, Thriller
In contemporary Los Angeles, unemployed Lou Bloom stumbles across an underground world where enterprising, opportunistic cameramen descend on crime scenes, capturing real-time footage to sell to late-night news networks. In a ratings-obsessed culture, the gorier the better. Possessed by a ruthless entrepreneurial drive, Bloom increasingly blurs the line between observer and participant to capture exclusive footage. Led by a gaunt, bug-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal, the film is a satire on modern internship culture, as well as the media’s endless craving of increasingly sensationalised news footage. Nightcrawler is a riveting, urgent thriller that engages the brain every bit as much as it thoroughly entertains.
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14+ years 115 mins
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14+ years 116 mins
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Viewing time 7 mins
We look at social media satire Ingrid Goes West in which an Instagram celebrity becomes an obsession for a devoted fan.
Reading time 5 mins
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