Review: “Nightcrawler.”

When my alt-weekly polls its readers for the best local band, the consistent winner is a 90s cover band called White Ford Bronco. They play songs that drunks can sing along to easily, and their namesake is a reference to the most notorious local news footage ever recorded. OJ Simpson led LAPD on a chase in a Bronco before he was arrested, and the ongoing cultural fascination with the fiasco is due in no small part to the corresponding breaking news. On one hand, the fascination is utterly human, but it’s also systemic of a culture that values shock over substance.Nightcrawler, the new absorbing thriller by Dan Gilroy, takes the appeal of rubbernecking and distills it into a pitch-black character study.

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