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Spotlight

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Spotlight

Break the story. Break the silence.

20152 h 08 min
Overview

The true story of how 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.

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Director Tom McCarthy
Runtime 2 h 08 min
Release Date 6 November 2015
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Movie Rating Good
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To say I really wanted to like this film doesn’t sound quite right but an investigative journalism film that involves the Catholic Church and a cover up is of particular interest.  I couldn’t fault the acting, Mark Ruffalo was particularly excellent, and I’m sure the storyline was accurate as befits a piece of recent and shocking history.  I was also relieved it didn’t sensationalise the persistent clerical abuse of children.  In all those respects it ticked boxes but I felt it was too little, too late.   We know what happened, sadly and at the beginning of the film when the team at The Boston Globe believe that 13 priests are involved we know that the investigation would go on to reveal that this was just the tip of a Titanicesque iceberg.  I wasn’t surprised at the all pervading nature of the church, its ability to cover up and inveigle itself around the great and the good to gloss over its shortcomings.  I lived in rural Ireland during the 80’s and saw first hand how this can work.  Spotlight was a competent, well acted, respectful movie but, for me, there was something missing and it felt about half an hour too long.

Sisters

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Sisters

Big sisters don't always know best.

20151 h 58 min
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Two disconnected sisters are summoned to clean out their childhood bedrooms before their parents sell their family home.

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Director Jason Moore
Runtime 1 h 58 min
Release Date 18 December 2015
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Movie Rating Average
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Sisters is like a National Lampoon for girls.  Lots of silliness, a few genuinely funny moments, trashing a house, what’s not to love?  I adore Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two very talented and hilarious women and I was looking forward to seeing them together in a film, but it just fell flat for me.  Rated 15 , no doubt for the ‘extreme swearing’ and lots of vagina talk which I don’t have any objection to at all but it felt gratuitous at times, as did the stereotypical depiction of gay women.  What was that all about?    I did laugh out loud several times, and I was on my own in the cinema, so I noticed!  If you do go and see it don’t jump up too quickly when the credits roll, the best bit for me were the outtakes.  Fey and Poehler au naturel would be preferable to being shoehorned into a formulaic script.