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Dan Gilroy, the brother of filmmaker Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, Duplicity and The Bourne Legacy), steps behind the camera (after sharing a screenwriting credit with his brother on The Bourne Legacy, among other works) for a dark examination of the underground world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Here, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a far-too intense striver who descends into this inferno-like landscape and must find a way to survive and thrive. Gyllenhaal is on quite a roll, following up his powerful two-fer from last year (Prisoners and Enemy) at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it looks like he owns the dark night in Gilroy’s hellish vision. (Opens wide Friday) — (R) Not screened in time for review

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