Movie Diary 10/28/2014

Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, 2014). Jake Gyllenhaal is a creepy newcomer to the world of freelance video journalism, skulking through nighttime L.A. in search of tragedy. Lots of satire tossed around, but pretty well-controlled, and Gyllenhaal isn’t so much Travis Bickle as Rupert Pupkin. Directing debut for Gilroy, brother of Tony. (full review 10/31)

Rosewater (Jon Stewart, 2014). The Daily Show host’s first feature as director, about journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) getting imprisoned in his native Iran. Not too many revelations, but interesting deployment of humor throughout. (full review 11/14)

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