This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: SPOTLIGHT
CAST: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Jamey Sheridan, Billy Crudup
DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy

‘Spotlight’ tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city and the world by exposing the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of widespread paedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.

When newly appointed editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) arrives from Miami to take charge of the Globe in the summer of 2001, he immediately directs the Spotlight team to follow up on a column about a local priest accused of having sexually abused dozens of young parishioners over the course of 30 years. Fully aware that taking on the Catholic Church in Boston will have major ramifications, Spotlight editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), and researcher Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James) begin delving more deeply into the case.

As they confer with the victims’ attorney Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci), interview adults who were molested as children, and pursue the release of sealed court records, it becomes clear that the Church’s systematic protection of predatory priests is far more wide-reaching than any of them ever imagined. Despite staunch resistance from Church officials, including Boston’s Cardinal Law (Len Cariou), the Globe publishes its blockbuster exposé in January 2002, leading the way for similar revelations in more than 200 other cities around the world.

Director Tom McCarthy (‘The Station Agent’, ‘Win Win’ and ‘The Visitor’) responded to the saga on multiple levels. “I thought it was fascinating to see how this outsider, Marty Baron, comes from Miami and on his first day at the Boston Globe introduces this idea of investigating a possible cover-up by the Catholic Church. A very bold move.”

Additionally, the Spotlight effort offered an opportunity to craft a cinematic love letter to long-form journalism. “I’m extremely concerned with how little high-end investigative journalism is out there right now compared to what we had 15 years ago,” McCarthy says. “I saw this movie as an opportunity to show by example: Here is the kind of impact that can happen when you have well-funded journalism done by experienced professionals. I mean, what could be more important than the fate of our children?”

McCarthy also brought a personal perspective to the story. “I was raised Catholic so I have great understanding, admiration and respect for the institution,” he explains. “This story is not about Church bashing. It’s about asking ‘How does something like this happen?’ The church performed, and in some cases continues to perform, acts of institutional evil not only as an abuser of kids, but also through the cover-up of abuse. How could this abuse go on for decades without people standing up and saying something?”

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A-scene-from-The-Finest-HoursFILM: THE FINEST HOURS
CAST: Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz
DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespie

A remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue by a coast guard who braved the waves. The rescue mission took place in 1952 off the Cape Cod coast after two oil tankers were destroyed by treacherous winter winds and waves. What follows is a heroic sea rescue and valiant attempt to save the crewmen huddled inside the broken halves of the two ships.