One of the best of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight (2015) will play perfectly at home; McCarthy directed it with an emphasis on nuanced writing and performing, without much focus on flashy visuals. It depicts the story of how the “Spotlight” team of the Boston Globe exposed the Catholic Church’s covering up of pedophile priests, and discovered nearly 100 priests in the city alone who had molested children. McCarthy and Josh Singer’s meticulous screenplay shows the mundane daily tasks of sorting through old documents, interviewing victims, and following up on leads, with the Spotlight team constantly butting heads and comparing notes. Admirably, the movie holds back from preaching or showing gruesome flashbacks of priests doing evil things.
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Brian D’Arcy James are the team, with John Slattery their managing editor and Liev Schreiber as the new editor-in-chief (an outsider in Boston). Stanley Tucci is incredible as a moody, yet helpful lawyer, with Billy Crudup as a slippery bad lawyer. Aside from Best Picture, its Oscar nominations include Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo), Best Supporting Actress (McAdams), Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing.
case you missed it, here’s a link to last week’s streaming recommendations.