“Spotlight,” directed and co-written by Thomas McCarthy, is easily one of 2015’s best movies. It chronicles the arduous investigation by the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team of the Roman Catholic Church’s cover up of rampant world-wide sexual abuse by priests, which was exposed by the paper in January 2002.
The film has a terrific ensemble cast including Mark Ruffalo (as Michael Rezendes, who wrote the original Globe article), Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery.
The acting and screenplay are excellent, and the film moves along at a nice clip. I hadn’t known how extensive the abuse was and how much opposition the Church made to prevent the article from ever being written.
If you are really into the “Christmas Spirit,” however, you may want to wait and rent it later. After seeing the film, I doubt I’ll feel like singing “Jingle Bells” or “Frosty the Snowman” in December.