Director: Tom McCarthy. Cast: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup. 128 min. Rated R. History/Drama.
We've heard the story before, both in the news and in the movies, probably more crushing in documentary form: the Catholic Church child molestation scandal. Spotlight is the story of how it first exploded in the media in the early 2000s - originating from The Boston Globe, a newspaper that (at least on film) works exactly like a police crime unit. But if it wasn't for the mesmerizing acting talents of Keaton, Ruffalo, McAdamas and Tucci, this repeating narrative would've hardly seen the light of day. The Academy sure made a mistake at not giving Keaton his Oscar last year.