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A Private War | Average Guy Movie Review

'A Private War' tells the story of Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), a war correspondent for The Sunday Times who was killed in Syria in 2012. Colvin had a reputation for going where no other journalist would, and staying longer than any other journalist would stay. The movie covers her life from 2001 and her report on the struggle of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka - a trip that would cost her an eye - up to her final assignment, covering the Syrian military's bombardment of the besieged city of Homs.




It's incredible to see the lengths that war correspondents like Marie Colvin go to in order to cover conflicts, and report on the very human stories coming out of them. Director Matthew Heineman's background as a documentary filmmaker clearly came in handy, as he accurately recreates warzones from across the globe. Paul Conroy, a photographer who worked with Colvin and was with her in Syria when she died (played by Jamie Dornan in the movie), was also there to act as a cons…

Spotlight: Average Guy Movie Review

Every now and then a movie is made that should be added to a mandatory list, everything on this list should be viewed by every human being in their lifetime...Spotlight would be on that list. In 2001 the Spotlight team of The Boston Globe was assigned by their new Editor - Marty Baron - to investigate the allegations that Catholic Priests in the Boston area had molested young children and that senior members of the church not only knew about it but had gone to great lengths to cover it up.



Now I am in no way a religious man, never have been and never will be, but I respect the beliefs of others and their rights as free human beings so the last thing I wanted to see was two hours of church bashing. I am very pleased to say that in this movie there is none of that, the story focuses more on the victims and the Journalists who worked to bring this story to light. That's not to say that the church doesn't take any flack, it does, a lot, but given the nature of the story you would e…