Monday, January 2, 2017

Spotlight (2015)

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Michael Sugar
Steve Golin
Nicole Rocklin
Blye Pagon Faust
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Josh Singer
Tom McCarthy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Ruffalo
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Rachel McAdams
Best Achievement in Directing
Tom McCarthy
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Tom McArdle

Open Road Films
Directed by Tom McCarthy
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Universal)

A crack team of Boston newspaper reporters is assigned to write a story about the Catholic church cover up of the sexual abuse of children by priests. They follow leads from victims, lawyers and other high ranking officials, eventually leading to the explosive expose. Dry, almost clinical, presentation of how a story is researched and written, only Mark Ruffalo and some of the victims manage to show any emotion. Still manages to be an engrossing story, but low key approach and predictable ending diminish its cinematic qualities.

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