SPOTLIGHT Directed by Thomas McCarthy Starring: Mark Ruffalo. Michael Keaton. Rachel McAdams. Liev Schreiber. John Slattery. Stanley Tucci. We need to focus on the institution not the individual priests. Practice and policy. Show me the Church manipulated the system so that the guys wouldn’t have to face charges. Show me that they put those same priests back into parishes time and time again. Show me that this was systemic from the top down. – Marty Baron In 2002 The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team of journalists investigated a church cover-up of child abuse by Catholic priests. A cover-up that soon reveals the abuse stretches back centuries and straight to the Vatican. Outraged reporter Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) vociferously evokes the call to expose the culprits at all costs and follow the remit set by his news editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schrieber). The rest of the team: Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams, Matty Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James) are equally motivated to locate and bring the priests to justice. It is news journalism at its best that will and does make headlines. They will report their findings to managing editor Ben Bradlee, Jr (John Slattery). Spotlight soon learns that scores of claims against the Church have been privately settled by the Church’s attorney, Eric MacLeish (Billy Crudup), outside of the legal system. They follow leads, interview victims and parishioners. They are helped in their mission by lawyer Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci), who is tracked down by Michael Rezendes. There is a poignant moment when Sarah Pfeiffer has a priest she is investigating call on her. www.moviesbymills.com
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