Spotlight review

Spotlight review

On track for Oscar season, new movie Spotlight has already collected a tidy haul of awards.

Now New Zealand audiences can judge the film for themselves. It opened here on Thursday.

This very true story played out in headlines across the world, when a small, tightknit group of tenacious investigative reporters at The Boston Globe newspaper exposed the horrific cycle of child abuse within the Catholic Church. Now, Spotlight is the Oscar-baiting film of that story.

For years there had been a few isolated cases of allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Boston, and there had even been stories printed about them.

When the Spotlight team from the Boston Globe started to investigate, they began to join more and more dots. The picture they drew was monstrous, and it became a global scandal.

For the journalists, it became the biggest story of their lives, each unique in their skill base, all united in their search for one thing – the truth.

My love of journalism and my enormous admiration for those who strive to deliver us these important stories added an extra dimension to my cinematic experience, but simply put Spotlight has everything you need from a night at the movies – gripping, enlightening, shocking, distressing, triumphant. This film has it all.

Five stars.

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     Spotlight:: Director: Tom McCarthy :: Starring: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Gene Amoroso:: Rating: M - Offensive language & content that may disturb:: Running Time: 128 minutes:: Release Date: In cinemas now