Friday, November 13, 2015

Spotlight Movie Review

Michael Keaton & Mark Ruffalo (r) star in Spotlight

"Sick Leave"

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup.

"If it takes a village to raise a kid, it takes a village to abuse one." McCarthy's Spotlight tackles a real-life horror story with resolve and sensitivity, and the results are nothing short of spectacular. Spotlight isn't necessarily easy to watch, but it's poignant, powerful and full of impressive performances (particularly Ruffalo, Schreiber and Tucci... who makes eating soup look interesting.) McCarthy captures Boston better than most, not to mention the unrivaled dynamic inside the Globe. He also deftly avoids the kind of sordid details that might otherwise hamper a possible Oscar for Best Picture (without compromising the story.) Bravo.