10 Best Things We Saw at 2015 Toronto Film Festival

From muckraking journalists to marauding skinheads, the highlights of this year's premier film festival

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4. 'Spotlight'

People could not be blamed for thinking that Tom McCarthy's A-list drama about the Boston Globe breaking the story on Catholic Church cover-ups of pedophilia cases might be the sort of seasonal gruel that rhymes with "schmoscarbait." Banish those thoughts now: Despite the namebrand cast (Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery) and a single moment of nomination-clip–ready histrionics, this is anything but prestige pandering. Instead, McCarthy and co. focus on the journalistic dot-connecting done in order to get the story print-ready; the result is shoe-leather cinema at its finest, and the sort of smart, rock-solid American drama that people simply don't make anymore. And while it's tough to pick an MVP among the actors, attention must be paid to Michael Keaton, whose subtlety and underplaying here suggests that he has only begun to show us what he can do with good material.

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