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Jake Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler."

The intoxicating allure of taking what's to be had in America — whether by greed, ambition or lust for control, the cruel and pitiless side of the national dream has been potent fodder for a number of classic films.

“Nightcrawler” aims to be one of them but doesn't feel the need to say much more than its thesis statement, which is only slightly forgivable given the solid lead performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom.