Spotlight ★★★★★

When we say movies can tackle societal issues without being exploitative, this is what we're talking about!

Spotlight is a historical drama about The Boston Globe's exposé of Catholic cover-up on pedophilic priests. Hard-hitting and deeply immersive, this smooth flowing movie is honest and constrained. It successfully presented the central characters simply as aware journalists uncovering systemic moral corruption without glorifying them. At the same league, Spotlight not once felt anti-Catholic, and that's an impressive feat on storytelling given the numerous chances to bite the hook. Balancing emotional depth and an investigative plot is not easy, but Spotlight danced around it with ease. The ensemble cast of Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Liev Schreiber delivered well, and these seasoned stars know when to dig deep when scenes require it.

Maybe I was just reminiscing my days as a morning show news writer, but Spotlight does portray a realistic newsroom set-up. Really, really deserving of the Best Picture win. Now one of my fave films ever!

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