Film Review – SPOTLIGHT (2015)

Spotlight (2015; USA; Colour; 129m) ∗∗∗∗½  d. Thomas McCarthy; w. Thomas McCarthy, Josh Singer; ph. Masanobu Takayanagi; m. Howard Shore. Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Gene Amoroso, Billy Crudup, Elena Wohl, Doug Murray, Sharon McFarlane, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff, Robert B. Kennedy, Duane Murray, Brian Chamberlain, Michael Cyril Creighton, Paul Guilfoyle, Michael Countryman. The true story of how in 2002 the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Superb procedural journalistic drama with a strong cast and a thought-provoking matter-of-fact script that mercifully steers clear of Hollywood conventions. Recalls and stands alongside classic newspaper movies such as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976). Won Oscars for Best Picture and Original Screenplay. [15]

Film Review – RED EYE (2005)

Red Eye (2005; USA; Technicolor; 85m) ∗∗½  d. Wes Craven; w. Carl Ellsworth, Dan Foos; ph. Robert D. Yeoman; m. Marco Beltrami.  Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson, Jayma Mays, Jack Scalia, Loren Lester, Angela Paton, Suzie Plakson, Dey Young, Max Kasch, Terry Press, Robert Pine, Carl Gilliard, Mary Kathleen Gordon. A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician. Preposterous and unsubtle, it wastes some well-handled suspense sequences through the absurdity of the plot and cardboard characters. Those looking for a fun, unsophisticated thriller may find some reward through Craven’s genre experience and the conviction of the lead performers. [12]