Spotlight. 2015. USA. Directed by Tom McCarthy. 128 min.
Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer. Tom McCarthy directs a stupendous ensemble cast, including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Schreiber, in this adaptation of the Boston Globe’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation of child molestation and a systematic cover-up in the Catholic church. The film chronicles the eight months the Globe’s investigative Spotlight team spent uncovering the citywide web of institutions knowingly involved in the Boston archdiocese’s silencing of abuse victims and maintaining of the status quo over decades. Both the minutiae of journalistic procedurals and the feel of the early aughts are deftly rendered, including the efforts to keep the investigation alive after the extraordinary trauma of 9/11. While Spotlighthas been compared to All the President's Men, the film should be would be best viewed with an eye on the present day and the questionable amount of change within the church in the ensuing decade. The film is also a testament to both local and investigative journalism, which are being replaced with social networks and citizen media. Who is going to speak truth to power in the years to come? Courtesy of Open Road Films.