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Out Of Theatre
19 Feb, 2016 2 hrs 10 mins A
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Live Schrieber, John Slattery, Brian James, Stanley Tucci
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Live Schrieber, John Slattery, Brian James, Stanley Tucci
Tom McCarthy
Bold, audacious and shocking, a consummate piece of work.

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Story: A group of investigative journalists working at the Boston Globe in its Spotlight team uncover a massive scandal involving the Roman Catholic Church and some of its priests who sexually molested children. The journalists have got the scent of blood and are eager to bring the story to public knowledge. However, uncovering such a controversial story does have its consequences.

Review: Walter Robinson (Keaton), Sarah Pfeiffer (McAdams), Mike Rezendes (Ruffalo) and Matt Carroll (D'Arcy) together conduct their journalistic work in complete secrecy, owing to the kind of stories they work on. And given the span of research involved, they can take months on a case.

The Globe receives a new editor Marty Baron (Schrieber), who reminds Spotlight editor Robinson about a case where in the early 70s, a priest named John Geoghan sexually molested children. And Cardinal Bernard Law (the Archbishop emeritus of Boston) turned a blind eye towards it at that time. Could Robinson and team get on the case and uncover the larger scandal? As no doubt, Geoghan is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Spotlight team speaks to victims, lawyers from both sides and priests. In time, the legwork pays off. Ruffalo is terrific as the dedicated reporter. Pfeiffer is the empathetic one while Robinson and Slattery bring a certain gravitas to the film. Stanley Tucci's lawyer character is also noteworthy.

Spotlight is pretty heavy on dialogue, completely essential though, as the movie is a no-nonsense retelling of a very serious subject and painstaking effort has gone into getting the details right. But to McCarthy's credit, never does he steer his principal cast into soppy, heroic or self-righteous territory. It's as matter-of-fact as it comes. The investigation is meticulously deconstructed with not a wasted second. Kudos to Josh Singer and McCarthy, who also co-scripted the film.

The real life investigation conducted by the team of Spotlight journalists won them a Pulitzer Prize. In case you do watch this movie - and it is highly recommended that you do - it'll be easy to see why they won that honour. Bold, audacious and shocking, a consummate piece of work.

Avg Users’ Rating 3.9/5 ( 104 users )
It''s these survivors who give Spotlight its beating heart. Roiling emotions are also felt among reporters who desperately want to get the story right and just as desperately want to get it first. That tension makes for an insanely gripping high-wire act and the year''s most thrilling detective story. These reporters are jittery obsessives who put their lives on hold for a story they believe in. Do they get off on it? You bet. They''re hardcore guardians of an endangered galaxy. And heroes, in my book. At times, it''s hard not to choke up, but Spotlight refuses to wallow in nostalgia. This landmark film takes a clear-eyed look at the digital future and honors the one constant that journalism needs to stay alive and relevant: a fighting spirit.
As Carroll, the excellent James digs into sealed records of priests whose crimes are swept aside. Political, social and legal systems are found complicit, including plaintiffs'' lawyer Eric MacLeish (Billy Crudup) and Cardinal Bernard Law (Len Cariou). McAdams, sharp and sympathetic, shows us how Pfeiffer draws out details from victims whose childhoods meant sacking the dck of a priest who says he''s had a bad day. And Ruffalo is a marvel of purpose as Rezendes hounds attorney Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci) for access to survivors of sex abuse.
Sanket Gawde
Wow, 4 stars for this angrezy ghatia movie and 3.5 for greatest movie of the year, Sarbjit?
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