A story no one wanted to tell is now headline news

Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James in Spotlight.  Photo by PA Photo/entertainmentone.
Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James in Spotlight. Photo by PA Photo/entertainmentone.
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MONDAY MOVIE CLUB REVIEW: Spotlight, South Holland Centre, Spalding

But Karl Gernert, host of the Monday Movie Club at Spalding’s South Holland Centre, focused more on its place in the compendium of true stories brought to life for the cinema.

Spotlight itself tells the story of how the USA’s Boston Globe newspaper exposed abuse by Roman Catholic priests across the United States and beyond in 2001.

Actors Michael Keaton (Birdman), John Slattery (Mad Men), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan), Rachel McAdams (True Detective), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) and Stanley Tucci (Fortitude) all brought dignity, integrity and authenticity to their roles in exposing the scandal.

Its recent Oscar success meant it was no surprise that Spotlight attracted a larger than usual audience for the club where Karl suggested that Spotlight belonged in the canon of celebrated film biopics like 127 Hours, Schindler’s List and Apollo 13.

In summing up Spotlight, Karl said: “A grown-up film about serious people that mercifully escapes any awards-grabbing platitudes, (making it) more thrilling than most action movies.”

Undated Film Still Handout from Spotlight. Pictured: Michael Keaton,  Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James. See PA Feature FILM Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/entertainmentone. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Reviews. SUS-160102-105918003

Undated Film Still Handout from Spotlight. Pictured: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James. See PA Feature FILM Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/entertainmentone. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Reviews. SUS-160102-105918003

Review by Winston Brown

A grown-up film about serious people that mercifully escapes any awards-grabbing platitudes

Karl Gernert, host of Monday Movie Club, South Holland Centre, Spalding