Nightcrawler: You have to give Jake Gyllenhaal some credit: Dude is not afraid to go full-creep if a role demands it. In Dan Gilroy’s scathing indictment of mass media and gore-celebrating TV journalism, Gyllenhaal plays a gaunt sociopath who looks as if he’s survived for months on Jolly Ranchers and cigarette ashes. Seeking some kind of direction in his life, he becomes an indispensable freelance cameraman for a desperate local L.A. affiliate. He films the city’s murders, fires, car accidents and other assorted horrors on his all-night shift to bolster their sagging morning ratings. The film is brilliantly unsettling. (Pearl, Rave, UA Main Street, UA Riverview) Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
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I love a good Netflix marathon, and I really love a good Netflix documentary marathon. But I hate when I get started on a documentary, only to make it halfway through and realize that it’s the Worst. Documentary. Ever. At that point, I’ve already watched half of it, so I feel like I need to watch the whole thing, and before I know it, I’ve wasted two hours of my life. So to help you avoid this totally frustrating fate, we watched a bunch of healthy-eating documentaries offered on Netflix and summed them up for you here.
We’ve given you each film’s star rating on Netflix (out of five), along with our own personal “preachiness” rating, a 1 being “I kind of felt like this documentary was trying to get me to change” and a 5 being “Oh my God, if I don’t change my eating habits, will they FIND me?” Because in case you haven’t noticed, health-related documentaries tend to a bit a bit preachy. Now, all you’ve got to do is grab some popcorn—butter-free and lightly-salted, obviously—and get your marathon on.
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