Spotlight ★★★★

At the core of it is McCarthy's script. This is so well plotted and drawn out for us in typical procedural fashion, though it never feels procedural. The all star cast is made that much better by it and McCarthy's steady hand assures us this is not your typical feel bad turns into feel good dirge of a film.

It's been seen as a lightweight choice by the Academy since its BP win in 2016, but when you watch it, it feels almost impenetrable to valid criticisms and that speaks volumes to the craftsmanship displayed here.

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