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88 FRIDAY; NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette g et in perhaps the same stylized fictional Los Angeles as Ryan Gosling's "Drive," "Nightcrawler" is glazed in the same noir coating and prone to fits and starts of brutality and, occasionally, bit- iltg humor. It's not an easy film to recom- mend, as it asks much of the audience: following (and per- haps rooting for?) Lou Bloom (played by lake Gyllenhaal), an amoral, functioning sociopath with no regard for humankind who carries himself like some- one who would not be legally allowed within 500 yards of a school. But just as Martin Scorsese made us want to tag along with a maladjusted misfit named Travis Bickle a few decades ago with a little film called "Taxi Driver," first-time director Dan Gilroy places us directly in Bloom's destructive path, and with Gyllenhaal as the lead, it's quite hard to look away. Bloom first appears as a rudderless petty thief, clipping wire and fencing from con- struction sites to resell to other companies. Our first encounter with him shows Bloom being approached by a security guard whom Bloom proceeds to vi- ciously pummel and then steal his watch. Yup, he's not the cuddly type. He's driven to succeed in busi- ness, though he's not sure what business it is. He's got an an- swer for everything, but those answers are little more than platitudes from self-starting business courses found online. And his drive is frighteningly one-track. Pity the poor soul who decides to challenge him. After stumbling upon an acci- dent, he realizes in the mangled mess of metal, glass and body parts, that this is exactly where he needs to be - documenting it all for the local television news stations. After purchasing a camcorder and a police scanner, Bloom's in business. He hires a desper- ate street hustler (played by a wonderfully jittery Riz Ahmed, channeling his inner Ratso Rizzo) as his "assistant" with the promise of $30 a night. Along the way, the film takes time to tackle the current state of the TMZ-fueled media. Rene Russo appears as a seasoned television vet who provides Lou with the kernel of wisdom of the current state of affairs, which boils down to "rich white folks getting killed by poor minorities." But "Nightcrawler" also takes digs at corporate management in general, as Lou rattles off lines of the will to succeed today which may look OK on a coffee mug, but are downright frightening when taken to their literal interpreta- tion as he does. It is a film that does not seem to play by any Hollywood convention, which will certainly be off-putting to many audience members who enjoy things JAKE GYLLENHAAL stars in 'Nightcrawler." neatly tied, heroes winning and bad guys getting their come- uppance. But "Nightcrawler" wants no part of that, for the betterment of the picture. Its other advantage is Gyl- lenhaal, who has honestly never been better on the screen. While we have no real back- story on his character, it's no bother as the actor gives us all we need to know with his ema- ciated frame, unblinking stares, and nervous, discomforting laughter. He's been electric be- fore ("Zodiac" and "Prisoners" come immediately to mind), but never has he been this mesmer- izing. We never know with every interaction he has with another person in this film if it Movies )) Movie listings include those of the Movies at Midway. Times and.listings may change. Interstellar: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to sur- pass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Rated PG-]3. Big Hero 6: The special bond that devel- ops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a b~d of high-tech heroes. Rated P6. Pride: U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the Nduufial Union of Mineworkers in the sum- mer of 1984. Rated R. Nightcrawler: When Lou Bloom, a driv- en man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veter- an. Rated R. Before I 6o To Sleep: A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. Rated R. St. Vincent: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedo- nistic, war veteran who lives next door. Rated PG-13. Ouija: A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awak- en the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Rated PG-]3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Alexander's day besins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds lit- tle sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his morn, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Rated PG. The Judge: Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. Rated R. Gone Girl: With his wife's disappearance the focus of a media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. Rated R. : r "~' ~ -~ ~Refreshment~ will end with a smile or a knife in the throat. "Nightcrawler" is dark as pitch, stylish and unsettling. And with it comes one of the year's best male performances. Friday, Nov. 7 to Saturday, Nov. 15 The Movies at Midway Rt. Oriel Midway Shopping Center Rehoboth Beach, DE Follow us on FACEBOOK! FACEBOOK.COM/MOVIESATMIDWAY Schedules, Events, Trailers and more! INTERSTELLAR (2:54) (PG-13) 10:30a 11:30a 2:00 3:00 5:30 6:30 9:00 BIG HERO 6 (1:53) (PG) 3D: 3:45 2D: 10:45a 1:15 6:40 9:10 PRIDE (2:02) (R)i0:35a NIGHTCRAWLER (2:02) (R) 1:35 4:10 6:50 9:35 BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (1:37) (R)7:10 9:20 ST. VINCENT (1:47) (PG-13) 11:10a 1:25 4:05 6:50 9:20 OUIJA (1:28) (PG-13) 11:30a 1:50 4:20 7:15 9:15 FURY (2:20) (R) 10:45a 1:30 4:15 7:00 9:45 ALEXANDER & THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (1:26) (PG) 10:40a 12:45 2:45 4:40 THE JUDGE 2:26) (R) 12:50 3:50 6:45 9:35 GONE GIRL (2:34) (R) 12:45 3:40 6:35 9:30 III IIIIII Pick up tickets at Kiosk PARTY ROOM Conferences, Birthday Parties, Meetings, Whatever the need FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (302) 645-1135 For R-Rated films you must be 17 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Photo identification required. .%