|SPOTLIGHT (director/writer: Tom McCarthy; screenwriter: Josh Singer; cinematographer: Masanobu Takayanagi; editor: Tom McArdle; music: Howard Shore; cast: Mark Ruffalo (Mike Rezendes), Michael Keaton (Walter "Robby" Robinson), Rachel McAdams (Sacha Pfeifer), Liev Schreiber (Marty Baron), John Slattery (Ben Bradley, Jr.), Brian d'Arcy James (Matt Carroll), Stanley Tucci (Mitchell Garabedian), Billy Crudup (Eric Macleish), Paul Guilfoyle (Pete Conley), Jamey Sheridan (Jim Sullivan), Len Cariou (Cardinal Law), Neal Huff (Phil Saviano), Jimmy LeBlanc (Patrick McSorley), David Fraser (Jon Albano), Laurie Heineman (Judge Sweeney ), Michael Cyril Creighton (Joe Crowley), Elena Wohl (Barbara), Eileen Padua (McAdam's granny); Runtime: 127; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Micheal Sugar/Steve Golin/Nicole Rocklin/Blye Pagon Faust; Open Road; 2015)|
|"You couldn't ask for
a better ensemble cast to be in this
important, well-researched, well-written
and well-made film."
by Dennis Schwartz
Tom McCarthy ("The Cobbler"/"Win Win"/"The Visitor") is writer-director of this amazing nail-biting investigative dramatic-thriller on the Boston Globe's investigation into the allegations of long-time abuse in the Catholic Church and against the powerful pedophile enabler Cardinal Law (Len Cariou) of Boston. The director follows his worst film with his best. Josh Singer is the co-writer, who along with McCarthy deserves praise for turning out such an engaging screenplay.
this fact-based drama on the misconduct of priests,
the Globe's team of Spotlight reporters,
headed by the respected and popular Robby Robinson
(Michael Keaton) and his three reporters: the
young passionate workaholic go-getter
Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), the
researcher Matt Carroll (Brian D’Arcy James),
quietly driven Sacha Pfeifer (Rachel
McAdams). They are all lapsed Catholics who go
after the bad guys and never stop even when they
run smack into the powerful Church trying to stop
its investigation with threats of payback. They do
so on the urging and blessings of their new
bachelor outsider Jewish editor-in-chief
from the NY Times, the subdued but intense Marty
Baron (Liev Schreiber).
The film also points out that
the Globe missed a chance to go with the abuse
story as far back as 1993, when they received good
tips about the abuse from credible
informers, but chose instead to bury the story.
This shook the confidence of the vics if their
crushing story would ever get told.
couldn't ask for a better ensemble cast to be in
this important, well-researched, well-written and
well-made film that tells the story right and
never waivers in showing how devastating the
crimes and cover-ups were to the faithful
followers of the Church and the concerned public.
The investigating journalists won the Pulitzer
cast include Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup as
vic lawyers, who respond differently to Church
pressure. Jimmy LeBlanc, Neal Huff and Michael
Cyril Creighton are colorful as abuse survivors. Ben
Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) is the concerned
managing editor of the paper.
It's the finest newspaper film since Citizen Kane. That's saying a mouthful because since the 1930s there were many great films in the newspaper genre, including All The President's Men (1976).
REVIEWED ON 12/8/2015 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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