“Spotlight” Review

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Spotlight (2015)

Directed by Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” is this year’s critically-acclaimed Best Picture Academy Award nominee that deals with a very sensitive topic of exposing a widespread and systematic child sex abuse by Roman-Catholic priests in the area of Boston, US. In the movie, “Spotlight”, the investigative team of the Boston Globe newspaper, becomes in charge of the task of investigating the allegations against a number of priests involved in the scandal. As the team digs deeper, it uncovers more and more horrifying facts of the matter that includes unbelievable cover-ups and world-wide accusations.

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“Kate & Leopold” Review

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Kate & Leopold (2001)

Coming from James Mangold, the director of ‘Girl, Interrupted’ (1999), ‘Kate and Leopold’ is a romantic fantasy comedy, telling a story of Kate McKay (Meg Ryan) who lives happy busy life in the 21st century New York City. When her ex-boyfriend, Stuart Besser (Liev Schreiber), a scientist, manages to find a portal to the past, he, inadvertently, transports to his apartment Leopold (Hugh Jackman), a handsome Duke of Albany from the 19th century. Although Kate is a woman driven by common sense and realistic views on life, she soon succumbs to the charms of the mysterious stranger from 1867.

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First Night: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Venice Film Festival

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Mira Nair’s film (which opened the festival) isn’t one you could imagine being backed by a Hollywood studio. Adapted from the 2007 novella by Mohsin Hamid, it is a rarity – a biggish budget drama with international stars in which the Americans are shown in the wake of 9/11 as violent, racist, intolerant of outsiders and quick to assign blame.

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