Spotlight (2015) - 3.5 out of 4
The All the President's Men influence was strong in this one. From the way it is structured to individual scenes of a journalist sneaking his way past a receptionist to gain access to a source to a number of other scenes, I found it very hard to overlook the effect of it on this one. As a result, Spotlight is arguably the best film of its kind since Alan J. Pakula's masterpiece.
This is a film that works because of the sensitive and important subject matter it deals with and also because of the performances from the best ensemble cast of 2015. It is hard to pick anyone out. Ruffalo gets the showiest scenes of the lot, but I was impressed more by the quieter performers in Keaton, Schreiber and Slattery. McAdams was good, though it is questionable whether she deserved even a nomination for Best Supporting Actress (weak field probably).
When the film won Best Picture, this tweet came on my timeline: "And the Oscar goes to: the fantasy that 21st century audiences will pay for the sort of high quality journalism that inspired Spotlight." It is one of those sad-but-true statements. At least, we can happy that Spotlight exists and can convince modern audiences that tweeting is not investigative journalism.