What to Watch: Spotlight
I was lucky enough to see Spotlight with my mom over the Thanksgiving break and we both loved it.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
The cast was amazing--Rachel McAdams (mom told me the woman she plays is a contributor on NPR these days) was a great example of a journalist--subtly pushed her subjects for more information, knocked on doors, and dug deep. Brian d'Arcy Jamesas a father with a "treatment center" down the street was wonderful and relatable. Michael Keaton as the leader of Spotlight and also someone who missed the story years before was compelling. Liev Schreiber as the incoming editor who pushed the story was wonderfully aloof, committed, invested. Mark Ruffalo as the outraged, lapsed Catholic was really amazing.
I was a journalism girl growing up--editor of my HS and college newspapers. My mom advised the newspaper at the school where she taught. We're from the Boston area. Prime candidates to see this film--and we loved it. I highly recommend it.