What is heroism in your mind? Is it being the toughest dude around, shooting all the bad guys, saving beautiful hostages, and knowing how to pose while flexing your muscles carrying your latest paramour? Or maybe it is about giving up your life to go to war zones in Africa, where you use your medical skills to save the lives of orphans? For me, heroism can be found in the Filipino team behind the movie Ignacio de Loyola.
You are probably sick of all the political bickering on social media. Despite taking part in a lot of it, I have to admit it often gets too much, and I just want to shut the whole thing down. Run away to Badjao shack on a coral atoll where it is just me and the fishes. So why not go to the movies for some escapism? No luck there, if you want to watch the blockbuster du jour the Russo brother’s Captain America: Winter Soldier. It’s all about taking sides on political stands but amped up with super-powered fisticuffs.
Young Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) hasn’t got much room to grow in the small island of Ireland, so like many of her compatriots before her she heads for the Big Apple. There she starts work as a shopgirl in a department store and meets a handsome young Italian, Tony (Emory Cohen), who starts to court her. As she begins to build her life in New York, tragedy strikes back home, and Eilis has to return to her old life, caught between her two worlds.
A new editor Marty starts work at the Boston Globe. He catches wind of an issue that seems oddly evaded by the local newspaper, a string of child abuse cases against Catholic priests. He orders his apprehensive team of expert investigative journalists called Spotlight to dig up the truth about the situation.
At the height of the Cold War, insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is requested to take on his first criminal case in years. It is tricky as he is asked to defend an alleged spy named Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). Donovan must then head to East Germany to negotiate a prisoner exchange between Abel and downed American spy-plane pilot Francis G. Powers (Austin Stowell).