SPOT­LIGHT

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by Tom McCarthy. Star­ring Mark Ruf­falo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McA­dams This best pic­ture Os­car win­ner is a grip­ping, nec­es­sar­ily com­plex ex­am­i­na­tion of the Bos­ton Globe’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions into child sex­ual abuse by the Catholic clergy. Im­pec­ca­bly acted, the film gets at the in­sid­i­ous na­ture of the con­spir­acy to sup­press dis­sent. More than any­thing, Spot­light is a gen­u­flec­tion be­fore the tra­di­tions of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism. As such, it bears favourable com­par­i­son with the un­avoid­able All the Pres­i­dent’s Men. Both press home the slow, steady rigour of the pro­fes­sion and the need to think hard be­fore fil­ing. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 118 min

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