Latest movies: Spotlight, Youth, Dirty Grandpa, 13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

A scandal exposed, Michael Caine shows his age, De Niro misbehaves and Libya goes to hell: in cinemas from 29 January

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SPOTLIGHT ★★★★★

With the reputation of the Fourth Estate tarnished post-hacking, the true story of how The Boston Globe exposed child abuse and cover-ups by the Catholic Church is an important reminder of what doggedly determined journalists can do when they pursue a story that is in the public interest. Tom McCarthy’s film has garnered plenty of Oscar interest with Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton the shining lights in a fine ensemble cast.

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YOUTH ★★★★

Michael Caine continues to buck the trend by getting better with age. Here he plays a veteran composer reflecting on his life during a sojourn at an Alpine health spa. Fellow old hands Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda are also in the cast but don’t expect any Exotic Marigold Hotel antics. Director Paolo Sorrentino’s rumination on ageing is bittersweet rather than feel-good.


DIRTY GRANDPA ★★★

Robert De Niro channels his inner Inbetweener as a bawdy widower who heads for Florida to let what’s left of his hair down. Zac Efron plays against type as the old swinger’s uptight grandson-cum-minder. Sophisticated it’s not, but De Niro on a tear-up is no bad thing. 


13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI ★★★

Director Michael Bay takes a sabbatical from the bombastic robot wars of the Transformers franchise and ventures into the arena of real-life warfare, namely the 2012 attack on a US compound in Libya. OK, it’s rooted in reality but is so drenched in the director’s signature slick visuals, you can’t be blamed for expecting a big robot to pop up at any explosive moment. 


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