Opened: November 6, 2015
Directed by: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Jamey Sheridan, Billy Crudup, Richard Jenkins, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Michael Cyril Creighton & Len Cariou
With controlled performances and honest storytelling, Spotlight follows a team of investigative journalists who release a report on the child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Boston that led to numerous reports throughout the world.
In 2001, new The Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) asks the Spotlight investigative team to start looking into Boston Catholic priests. Though hesitant at first, the Spotlight team soon find cases of nearly 90 abusive priests.
Even though you know the story is real and you’ve heard reports of the priests, watching the discovery of it is both incredible and sickening. The Spotlight team – led by Michael Keaton and consisting of Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James – did incredible work and were smart to hold out until they had a full story to report.
Final say: Essential storytelling about storytelling. ★★★★★