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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mustang351c
Oct 23, 2018

Impressive. Normally movies of this type tend to be politically biased and unreliable. This seems really well done though. Very pertinent because of the current synod happening in Rome right now, the Synod on Young People --- creepy. And, given the ultra Liberal environment that is Hollywood, and the incredibly fond affinity Liberals have towards Pope Francis, it is really surprising this movie got made. One has to wonder about how they were able to pull together the financing, production work, the talent, etc. given the subject matter.
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Pope Francis has been protecting Cardinal Wuerl, McCarrick, and others - this stuff having been so much in the news recently. Ringleaders. Just this past Friday in Pennsylvania 7 out the the 8 diocese have been subpoenaed by the Federal Government looking for information relating to alleged behavior of 300 clergy. RICO investigation? F.B.I.? And Buffalo and southern California in the news just in the last couple of weeks, and the network running through South America. Primarily homosexual pederasts, no one should kid themselves about that. And a Pope who seems as if he may be apostate. Taking care of his friends? While leading his flock astray? There is starting to be open talk of how he may be removed from office. I feel sorry for my friends who are Catholic, good people who shouldn't have to be dealing with this.
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Also importantly, there are those in the Catholic Church who are trying to fight this at great personal cost. Potential heroes being molded like Archbishop Vigano for example. And the late Father Joseph Moreno.
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Recommended; Website - www.churchmilitant.com

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mr_chocolate
Oct 17, 2018

Interesting and well done, with direction and acting. An interesting part of history as well as another film showing how good investigative reporting is the key for reliable reporting of the facts.
Bonus features talk to some of the real persons behind the specialized reporting team at the time, and they also discuss how fewer reporters are being retained by newspapers.
I have looked up the Spotlight on the Boston Globe newspaper website, and found it to be still current with contacts and their description as "The Globe's Spotlight Team consists of six reporters and other staffers who join the team from time to time for special projects."
It was four people at the time of the film, covering the period before and after 2001.
Recommended, along the lines of other good investigative films, such as the All the President's Men (1976), and more recently The Post.

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loulou2008
Oct 08, 2018

Excellent film with top notch performances by all. Highly recommended!

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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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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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