Run time: 129 mins
Director: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci
Synopsis: The true story of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shook the city and the world by exposing the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of widespread paedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.
A deserved winner of two 2016 Oscars – Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Writing, Original Screenplay – this extraordinary true story of how investigative journalists uncovered an abuse scandal and cover-up is directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor (2007), The Station Agent (2003). It’s the summer of 2001 and the Boston Globe has a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), who’s curious to know why abusive Catholic Priests have gone unpunished. So he sets the paper’s investigative Spotlight team onto the story. This is headed by Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) and includes tenacious reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) and Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams). Over the course of six months, they painstakingly piece together the horrifying truth about a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse – a fearless investigation that goes on to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Spotlight has been widely compared to the Oscar-winning classic All the President’s Men (2007) directed by the late great Alan J Pakula. Thomas McCarthy and Josh Singer’s richly detailed, emotionally involving drama boasts outstanding performances from its superb ensemble cast, who paint a compelling portrait of investigative journalism at its finest.
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