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SPOTLIGHT Cert 15, Running time 129mins ????? The investigative journalists who exposed widespread child abuse in the Catholic Church come under the spotlight in the first great film of the year.

Electrifying, enthralling and utterly essential, here's a drama that engages both head and heart with the best David versus Goliath story since Erin Brockovich.

The dramatisation of true events enfolds in late-90s Massachusetts as the Boston Globe's investigations team, Spotlight, looks into a barely reported child abuse scandal committed by a local priest.

As the journalists - played by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keating and Rachel McAdams - start digging, they learn the case may be merely the tip of a particularly unsavoury iceberg. The film also stars John 'Mad Men' Slattery and Stanley Tucci.

Not since All The President's Men has the rough and tumble of a busy newsroom been so accurately captured, with the highs of hitting a deadline, the lows of missing a tip and the horrors of being scooped all touched on as the team pursue the story of their lives, as the effects of wholesale abuse are covered in thorough, harrowing detail.

Hold the front page - the film of 2016, thus far, has arrived.


ENTHRALLING: News team chases story

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2016
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