“This is bigger than Boston…this is the whole system!”

From Writer & Director Tom McCarthy, comes the real-life story of how the Boston Globes SPOTLIGHT division uncovered an immense child molestation cover-up, rooted in the Catholic Archdiocese in Boston, and which ignited further investigation into the Catholic Church all across our country…THIS IS SPOTLIGHT. spotlight2

When investigative reporter Mike Rezendez (Mark Ruffalo) happens upon a story or two that priests in the Diocese of Boston have been molesting children for years, he tries to convince his boss, Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), Editor of SPOTLIGHT, to investigate further into these allegations. When Robinson convinces Boston Globe’s new Publisher, Marty Baron (Live Schreiber) to allow his team to pursue the truth ~ and he agrees ~ it seems that what they know so far, may only be the tip of the iceberg…spotlight3

Rezendez focuses on reaching out to lawyer Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci), in order to gain additional access to pertinent information regarding these child molestation cases, and the resulting “pay offs” from the Diocese, while fellow SPOTLIGHT investigative reporter Sasha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), reaches out to some of the victims…

While Rezendez and Pfeiffer are working tirelessly for months, Robinson sets out to get a closer look into how many of his “childhood friends” have been involved with this “cover-up” all over Boston ~ as it seems that no one can be trusted to give a truthful answer, or divulge what they actually knowspotlight4

Bound and determined to find “the truth” ~ as the investigation into the clergy, the Diocese and the lawyers around Boston is getting more nauseating by the second ~ the SPOTLIGHT team continues their year-long investigation, proving not only the massive nature in the number of priests that are “under suspicion” in Boston, but that apparently this problem has manifested itself all over our country as well…

I give SPOTLIGHT a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ having been rocked to the core of my own Catholic faith when these allegations against the clergy began to surface in 2001 ~ and as I still struggle with these facts still today ~ I must share that each and every frame of this film is ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING.  McCarthy saw fit to tell this true-story as poignant and eloquently as possible – considering its content – and there should be a few Golden Globe or Academy Award nods coming in its direction too ~ from the perfect performances by Ruffalo and Keaton, to the superb performances by Schreiber, Slattery, Tucci and Adams ~ this film is not only going to rock the Catholic Faith once again, but it is going to leave a mark on each and every viewer that sees it too.   Even though I am sure that this storyline is going to be uncomfortable for some viewers, please keep in mind that this TRUE STORY needed to be told, not only in 2002, but in 2015 too, as we can never go back to a place where so much deceit and betrayal can live under the cloud and cover of our religious faith, or at the hands of our legal system…

Kathy Kaiser   

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