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Spotlight Review | The Reel Roundup

TRR: Based on actual events, director Tom McCarthy's Spotlight is the story of what happened in the months leading up to the Boston Globe's explosive 2002 exposé of rampant child molestation within the Catholic Church, and follows the four-member "Spotlight" investigative team (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James) as they spend half a year interviewing victims and meticulously following the trail of evidence. Written by McCarthy and Josh Singer, the film is both a news drama and a compelling examination of faith. It's also a terrific ensemble effort, with a knockout cast that includes Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. Together, these eight actors make Spotlight — a film that centers on the extremely hard-to-watch topic of child abuse — extremely watchable. Which is not to say that the movie sugarcoats its subject matter in any way. It is, however, a testament to the talents of the filmmakers that the movie works — because like the real-life events that inspired it, this is a story worth telling.

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