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Now You See Me 2

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Now You See Me 2

You Haven't Seen Anything Yet

20161 h 55 min
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One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me: The Second Act only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.

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Director Jon M. Chu
Runtime 1 h 55 min
Release Date 9 June 2016
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Oh dear, I should really stop going to see sequels.  I may even have fallen asleep at some point as I lost the plot quite early.  What a pity that Daniel Radcliffe looks like he’s going to feature highly in the worst movies of my year.  Pointless and boring.

Spotlight

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Spotlight

Break the story. Break the silence.

20152 h 08 min
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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.