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    It takes a "Spotlight" when you look and do not see

    Industry buzz is that “Spotlight” is a front runner for an Oscar nomination because as of today “The Hateful Eight” by Quentin Tarantino is more pc and thought by the industry to be a lock for best director, best screenplay and best picture. We’re doing this review as if “The Hateful Eight” never existed.

    “Spotlight” calls attention to the lost art of investigative reporting and a return to a continued theme of OMG in the Oscar contenders. Not since the days of Watergate has true investigative reporting been done. Contrary to Wikileaks and NSA, they have never been covered to the extent that they should have been because of political correctness.

    “Spotlight” puts a spotlight on those in the industry that didn’t do their job and had to be dragged kicking and screaming to actually dig into the problem of the Catholic Church. Remember the phrase, it takes a village to raise a kid? It took a village to get this story out. No one wanted to cover it and every time what was going was brought up and needed to be investigated, it was brushed to the side and they didn’t want to get involved.

    In the tradition of the motion picture industry’s heroic editors that take a stand against all opposing odds you have something that is fiction becoming reality as you had an editor, played by Liev Schreiber, that stood his ground. Even though he was of the Jewish religion, it had nothing to do with him doing his job. It was repeatedly brought up that he was a Jew and these were Catholics he was taking on.

    Religion or not, as a community newspaper he felt the community should know and had a right to know what was happening in the community, and except for one courageous editor it would have been ignored for who knows how much longer. It had nothing to do with him being a Jew, it had to done with integrity, which all great feature film news editors have.

    Once the door was opened by the Boston Globe, it became contagious and newspapers and news agencies suddenly got their backbone up and started to check what was going on. Thomas Payne said it only takes one person to start a revolution. It took one courageous and one courageous newspaper to blow the lid off a huge problem that existed not only in Boston but the entire country and the entire world.

    It’s amazing to see how much they crammed into the movie. It’s one of the movies that translates well on the big screen and will work on the small screen with no loss on the small screen.

    During the AFI’s Conversations with Johnny Depp and “Black Mass” director Scott Copper, Depp was talking about being an actor and shared that you want people not to see you as Johnny Depp playing a character but you want to see the character on the screen.

    There’s a who’s who of actors with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci. You expect these actors to deliver and they did in a captivating movie.

    For the length of this movie, you weren’t paying attention to the cast, you were engrossed in the characters. The director made every effort to show that the reporters were serious passionate people and did just that.

    This movie is a continuation of this fall’s OMG movies of Oscar contenders. In the past few years, the star power in the Oscar contending powers has dwindled, this year, the stars are out in force in smaller movies as the best roles for actors are often in the smaller dramatic films where an actor can get the opportunity to chew up the scenery and showcase their talent. What a lot of people don’t understand is that these people were actors before they were stars and a movie like this shows that Michael Keaton is more than a comic. You expect Ruffalo and McAdams and Tucci to give performances like this, but now you’re seeing Michael Keaton that has always been there but buried behind his comedy.

    If you look at the serious face Keaton put on when playing Batman, look at Keaton now, it’s the same face. Keaton was demonstrating to the audience through his facial expressions what he has always been capable of doing on the screen. They looked but they did not see. This totally describes the reason this movie exists, people looked but they did not see, until there was “Spotlight”.
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