Directed by: Tom McCarthy
Run time: 129 minutes
The Lowdown: The Academy Award-winning Best Picture Spotlight is a movie that you need to
It’s not just the best movie of the year, hands down, it’s the most impressive testament to the
enduring power and importance of newspaper reporting since “All the President’s Men.”
Going into Spotlight, I was unaware of the details of exactly how The Boston Globe began and
executed its exhaustive investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by more than 80
priests in the metropolitan area.
The meticulous and gripping adaptation of how those reporters did their job and persevered
against a monolithic establishment that historically prevailed in discounting and diminishing any
and all criticism was both mind-blowing and inspirational.
As a former professional journalist, even as the credits rolled at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning, I
wanted to leap out of reporter retirement and go immediately to work.
Spotlight is just that – a shining beacon illuminating the danger posed by an all-knowing,
omnipresent online Internet that has consistently downgraded the perceived need for unbiased,
informed newsgathering about timely, serious issues impacting a local community. No other media
format could have done this story the justice it deserved.
Kudos to the filmmakers for recognizing the need to showcase the work of the Globe staff and for
presenting such a thoughtful and accurate portrayal of how reporters actually work and the
significance of what their findings can accomplish.
The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – Yes, but that’s not what this is about.
Nudity – No.
Gore – No.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Complicit silence.
Buy/Rent – Buy it.
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