Spotlight

Spotlight

DVD - 2016
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The riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious 'Spotlight' team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment.

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kpelish
May 21, 2018

A stellar cast sets a relentless pace as they investigate just how bad abusive priests are---including the oily cover up by the Catholic Church. Film does a good job of capturing both Boston culture and the central role the church played for so many of the area Catholics. The abuse survivors are treated sensitively by the reporters. Giving this one an extra star for the additional coverage that notes how much independent journalism is in jeopardy. Very few papers are left that can afford this type of depth and gifted reporters.

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Nursebob
May 06, 2018

In the same style as "All the President’s Men", Tom McCarthy’s true-to-life journalism thriller follows the events leading up to one of the biggest scandals the Catholic church has ever had to hush up. When a crack team of reporters for The Boston Globe newspaper decide to revisit an old story regarding a pedophile priest, they are not prepared for the startling revelations which follow---revelations of widespread sexual impropriety involving dozens of priests going back decades and an even bigger cover-up orchestrated by forces both religious and secular. Garnering Oscar wins for Best Picture and Screenplay as well as three more nominations including Best Supporting performances for Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, both playing reporters, McCarthy’s angry exposé starts off slowly with a flashback to 1976 then gradually builds momentum until the final round of accusations and condemnations. A taut and perfectly paced drama with a dream cast that also includes Michael Keaton as the lead investigator, Liev Schreiber as the paper’s new editor-in-chief, and Stanley Tucci as the only lawyer in town willing to go up against the archdiocese. Winnipeg-born Len Cariou also puts in a fine performance as a crooked cardinal while Billy Crudup becomes the embodiment of a slippery defense lawyer. The tales of abuse are pitiful but the resultant trail of lies and official shirking are infuriating especially after one weary character sums it up with, “If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to molest him.” And the fact that it really happened (and continues to happen around the world) makes you want to whip a brick through a stained glass window.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Feb 18, 2018

I suppose when you see how this terrible behavior was systematically covered up, one asks “why did they do that?” But they depict reporters more concerned with what happened than why; fair enough. I was in awe of one realistic moment in the movie when one of the heroes realizes he “buried” a related story years before. He says in a daze, “I don’t remember it. I don’t know why I did that.” Wonderful!

Court1992 Feb 05, 2018

As a survivor of paedophilia, this movie made me feel thankful for people such as these investigative journalists who put their own lives on hold to expose and shine a light on monsters who use the darkness to hide in. Extremely well filmed and acted.

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uzebdrumz
Aug 31, 2017

My rating is not based on diminishing the gravity of the story, but is a reaction to missing much of the who, what, when, why, where, & how in this docudrama. "Sex Crimes & the Vatican" is a 2006 documentary that clearly demonstrates the full extent of the abuse &, in particular, explains why the church created a now infamous document in 1962 entitled, "Crimen Sollicitationis." This drama is revealing in its own way, but honestly, doing investigative journalism in real-time to create a film about the story is not that entertaining or educational. If anything this film confirms the "bias" of atheists, as they tend to use facts & evidence to support truth claims, rather than blind faith; many of the faithful choose to remain blind through cognitive dissonance & wilful blindness.

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chloecat
Jun 13, 2017

Expose of the Roman Catholic Church and their role in protecting priests who molested children. The problem was so wide spread, and billions of dollars spent as "hush"money to victims. Many of the accused were repeat offenders. A story that needed to be told.

VaughanPLSarahN Jun 07, 2017

Beautifully made film that manages to be utterly engrossing despite being mostly scenes of people sitting and talking or taking phone calls.

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tenet
May 24, 2017

Rated 10/10. A well put together movie that definitely deserved an award. Recommended for those that like investigative journalism stories. If you liked 'All the President's Men', you'll like this one.

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Bebu
Apr 28, 2017

I wasn't sure if I would like this movie or not, but I am so glad that I watched it. The cast was superb and the acting was very good. It moved at a fast pace and was interesting, although disturbing. It was a very good story that needed to be told and I was fascinated at all the steps and investigating it took for the team to come up with the evidence needed to publish a story that couldn't be buried by the Cardinal. I don't think I've ever given 5 stars before, but felt like this one definitely deserved it.

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Nooksack20
Apr 20, 2017

Excellent movie. Well acted and directed. An exacting indictment against the Boston archdiocese of the Catholic church and how they protected known pedophiles within their clergy.

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jimg2000
Jun 02, 2016

The statistics of 6% is higher than but no less appalling than the 4% estimate in a 2004 report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, based on surveys completed by the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States:
http://www.americancatholic.org/news/clergysexabuse/johnjaycns.asp

Richard (Over the phone:) No, not really, Robby. Sounds low to me. My estimates suggest six percent act out sexually with minors.
Robby: Uh, six percent of what?
Richard: Six percent of all Priests.
Robby: How many Priests do we have in Boston?
Mike: About 1,500. One percent is 15. Six percent is... 90.
Robby: Wait. Nine ... ninety Priests? Is that possible?
Richard: From a metric standpoint, yes. That would certainly be in line with my findings

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jimg2000
Jun 02, 2016

Tons of memorable quotes at IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1895587/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

Marty Baron: Sometimes it's easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around the dark. Suddenly, a light gets turned on and there's a fair share of blame to go around. I can't speak to what happened before I arrived, but all of you have done some very good reporting here. Reporting that I believe is going to have an immediate and considerable impact on our readers. For me, this kind of story is why we do this.

Mitchell Garabedian: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.

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Tdruid
Feb 14, 2017

Sexual Content: References to abuse of children, but thankfully, none shown

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