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Spotlight Movie Review & Film Summary

At a time when newspapers are closing, and print readerships are down, Spotlight couldn’t have arrived at a more pivotal time. The new film from director Thomas McCarthy is truly a love-letter to the art of journalism. It doesn’t glamorize the job or what these journalists did; it just illustrates how they did their jobs—to investigate and to report. It shows all of the lengthy footwork that is among the process of an investigative reporter’s job. Most importantly the film, which is based on a true story, shows just how important journalism is.

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in Spotlight

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in Spotlight

Spotlight follows the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in America, The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team. The team consisted of Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery), and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). The focus of the movie is on the team’s coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts. The “Spotlight” team brought the filthy secret of sexually abused minors by the church to the national limelight. The coverage earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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Southpaw Movie Review & Film Summary

Like most boxing movies, Southpaw, isn’t about boxing. It is about a self-destructive man. A man embodied with rage and completely blind to the world around him. The movie itself is a boxing match, not for the characters on screen, but for the audience. The film forces viewers to go twelve emotional rounds, with both ups and downs, receiving gut-punch after gut-punch.

Forest Whitaker and Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw

Forest Whitaker and Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw

Southpaw, directed by Antoine Fuqua, tells the story of professional boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) who after the loss of his wife (Rachel McAdams), hits rock bottom. Shortly after, he loses his daughter (Oona Laurence) because of his reckless behavior. Now, Billy must work his way back from nothing to regain not only his self-worth but his daughter.

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SOUTHPAW Official Trailer #2 Review

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