Spotlight

Spotlight

Thomas McCarthy (2015)

123min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In 2001, The Boston Globe ran a story about a priest accused of child abuse. After digging deeper, the members of the paper's Spotlight team unearthed a number of similar stories, revealing evidence that led to countless other priests who had molested young boys. Their investigation also proved all of these scandals had been covered up by senior members of the Catholic Church. This extraordinary story from writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) is brought vividly to life in a riveting, serious-minded drama that sticks mindfully to the facts. Portraying real events and real people, it discloses how a small, four-person team (played by Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James) exposed a shocking, widespread cover-up. For most of the film's running time, we follow these characters as they gather information, which isn't nearly as boring as it might sound. In fact, the film is utterly engrossing from start to finish, playing out as a detailed, quietly intelligent procedural in the style of All the President's Men, and praise cannot be heaped higher than that. The film was rewarded with Oscars for best picture and best original screenplay.

Summary

A team of investigative reporters for a Boston newspaper investigate reports of children being molested within the Catholic church. The journalists discover the situation is far worse than it seemed, as they find a conspiracy among the city's legal, religious and government establishments to cover up decades of abuse. Oscar-winning fact-based drama, starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci.

Cast & Crew

Michael Rezendes, "Mike" Mark Ruffalo
Walter "Robby" Robinson Michael Keaton
Sacha Pfeiffer Rachel McAdams
Martin "Marty" Baron Liev Schreiber
Ben Bradlee Jr John Slattery
Matt Carroll Brian d'Arcy James
Mitchell Garabedian Stanley Tucci
Eric Macleish Billy Crudup
Pete Conley Paul Guilfoyle (2)
Jim Sullivan Jamey Sheridan
Cardinal Law Len Cariou
Richard Sipe Richard Jenkins
Phil Saviano Neal Huff
Director Thomas McCarthy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Jan 2016
Drama