Oscar season: Spotlight (2015, Tom McCarthy)

The Big Picture

Tom McCarthy’s latest film release is based on true events which took place in Boston in 2002, when a investigative newspaper team uncovered a mass cover-up of pedophilia and molestation within the Catholic Church.

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The Spotlight  reporting group are a mixed quartet, varying in age, background and journalistic style. They have one common agenda however and that is a hunger for the truth. With the arrival of a new editor-in-chief at The Boston Global, a shake up is proposed. Outsider Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) tasks the paper’s investigative Spotlight team with revisiting a priest abuse case which surfaced in the predominantly Catholic Boston area a few years back, only to be swept under the carpet with minimal media coverage. As they begin to scrutinize the case, the extent of the abuse they uncover reveals itself to be on a significantly larger scale that they could have ever dared fear.

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