By Hollywood’s explosion-heavy standards, writer/director Todd McCarthy’s Spotlight – which follows the real-life 2001 investigation by the Boston Globe into the Catholic Church’s protection of paedophile priests – seems as close to drama-free as it gets.
Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is a week away from getting married when his recently widowed grandfather (Robert DeNiro) asks him to drive him down to Florida to play golf. Surprise! Grandpa is really looking to party hard and Jason – the most uptight man alive – is along for the ride.
When New York teen Zach (Dylan Minnette) and his newly-widowed mum (Amy Ryan) relocate to the suburbs of Delaware, they find themselves next door to a big old spooky house where instant love interest Hannah (Odeya Rush) is kept under lock and key by her creepy dad (Jack Black).
Who would have thought the most scathing film about the Global Financial Crisis would come from a director best known for the Anchorman films? Based on Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, this focuses on the handful of money men who, leading up to the GFC, saw the crash coming.
The secret behind making a good trashy movie is that it has to be both trashy and good. While the first Point Break managed to be both, this remake seems to have largely taken its cues from various extreme sport marketing videos where the focus is on how awesome the stunts are rather than having any kind of fun with them.