Film Review – SPOTLIGHT (2015)

Spotlight (2015; USA; Colour; 129m) ∗∗∗∗½  d. Thomas McCarthy; w. Thomas McCarthy, Josh Singer; ph. Masanobu Takayanagi; m. Howard Shore. Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Gene Amoroso, Billy Crudup, Elena Wohl, Doug Murray, Sharon McFarlane, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff, Robert B. Kennedy, Duane Murray, Brian Chamberlain, Michael Cyril Creighton, Paul Guilfoyle, Michael Countryman. The true story of how in 2002 the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Superb procedural journalistic drama with a strong cast and a thought-provoking matter-of-fact script that mercifully steers clear of Hollywood conventions. Recalls and stands alongside classic newspaper movies such as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976). Won Oscars for Best Picture and Original Screenplay. [15]