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From the creator of last years worst film: “The Cobbler” comes this years best: “Spotlight”. Spotlight is an incredible, powerful film. While other films dazzled you with special effects and incredible cinematography, Spotlight was simple, unadorned storytelling at its finest. No romantic subplot, no crazy characters, no over-dramatization.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them.

Spotlight is about the reporters’ determination to reveal the story, and the cover-up, in the face of willful cultural blindness and pressure to be silent. It shows the incredibly pivotal role the newspaper has to keep the balance of power in a city and what that means in the future with the internet. How newspaper office politics can decide what stories go out and what the public knows. How much power editors have over a community. Just as much as the church and the police in a lot of ways. About the incredible gamble decided when to publish a story, whether to go early and be first with an imperfect story, or solidify all of your information and possibly lose on breaking it first. Who to tell, how you can’t even trust your colleagues and the use of information as power in the workplace. And how for child abuse to go without punishment and people knew what was happening, and by staying silent, people are also to blame for the rape of children.

I am happy this movie existed, and I hope people won’t think that this movie is anti-Catholic, it wasn’t! It is an anti-rape movie, and Spotlight highlighted arguably the biggest stain on Catholicism as its main point. Watching Spotlight tickles your way of thinking to blame the whole scandal not on religion but to the institution of the church, which IMO are two different things. Spotlight will give you a lot of smart things to discuss afterwards.

Well nuff with the religion talks.

Spotlight is one of the movie that had the biggest effect on me out of all the movies I saw this year. A lot of moments stand out, like when Mark Ruffalo outburst when they want to hold off publishing the story and the end, or when Mark Ruffalo reveals the impact that the revelation has on him – especially when he had imagined raising his kids in the church.

Spotlight doesn’t let anyone be the hero with a solution, but allows the media to follow their own blistered rules of research. That is what this film is about: how did this happen? Very easily. Everyone allowed it to happen. The entire community allowed it to happen. It happened with multiple small seemingly innocuous decisions made by everyday people that together allowed priest after priest to prey on young children for decades.

When the ugly truth rears its head and the Boston Globe asks itself why they didn’t report on the allegations earlier, Michael Keaton a cop out of why he let it happen. He doesn’t explain, he doesn’t defend. He just admits he didn’t even remember it. And that is real life. Real life is starting a new job, being completely overwhelmed, making sure your section is putting out stories in time and you aren’t really paying attention to the details of what they are about. He also had a catholic bias that probably didn’t allow him to truly acknowledge what the story meant.

This movie was beautiful because it didn’t hand feed you anything. They gave tons of information with the smallest gestures


Synopsis: When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve 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.

Director: Tom McCarthy

Writers: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Cast:

  • Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes
  • Michael Keaton as Walter “Robby” Robinson
  • Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfeiffer
  • Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron
  • John Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr.
  • Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll
  • Stanley Tucci as Mitchell Garabedian
  • Gene Amoroso as Stephen Kurkjian
  • Jamey Sheridan as Jim Sullivan
  • Billy Crudup as Eric MacLeish
  • Maureen Keiller as Eileen McNamara
  • Richard Jenkins as Richard Sipe
  • Paul Guilfoyle as Peter Conley
  • Len Cariou as Cardinal Bernard Law
  • Neal Huff as Phil Saviano
  • Michael Cyril Creighton as Joe Crowley

Rottentomatoes Score: 96%

Metacritic Score: 93/100

After Credits Scene?: No