By Angie - AV

April 15, 2016

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This film is based on the Boston Globe’s investigative team of reporters, known as “Spotlight,” who uncovered not only a massive scandal of sexual abuse cases within their local Catholic Archdiocese, but also the cover-up of these cases by the Catholic Church as a whole.  Set in the early 2000s, the film follows the investigative work of the Spotlight team as they search to uncover the truth behind the allegations before making the story public in the media.  Although the content is heavy and will be emotional to some, I found the movie itself to be phenomenal.  The storyline is very well-written and taps into an array of emotions – sadness, frustration, confusion – and the acting of the amazing cast (including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams) is spot-on.  I found that the movie drew me into the story, and for 2 hours took me on the emotional journey that forever changed a part of our culture.  Spotlight (the movie) was just as deserving of their Academy Award for Best Picture as the original Spotlight team was of their Pulitzer Prize. 

Overall Rating:  A+

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