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(2015) (Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams) (R)

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Minor
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence None

Drama: An investigative team from the Boston Globe tries to expose the Catholic Church as being complicit with systemic cover-ups of child abuse committed by its priests.
It's 2001 and Marty Baron (LIEV SCHREIBER) has become the first Jewish editor of the Boston Globe. One of that paper's best investigative units is Spotlight, headed by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson (MICHAEL KEATON) and featuring the crackerjack reporting team of Michael Rezendes (MARK RUFFALO), Sacha Pfeiffer (RACHEL McADAMS) and Matt Carrol (BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES). Despite having a majority Catholic readership of the paper, Marty not only wants Spotlight to investigate allegations about a local priest having abused scores of children, but also prove that local Cardinal Bernard Law (LEN CARIOU) knew about this and covered it up.

Others have tried the same, including a past victim, Phil Saviano (NEAL HUFF), who's created a support group for fellow past victims, and attorney Mitchell Garabedian (STANLEY TUCCI) who's unsuccessfully tried to prosecute such individual cases, only to run into resistance not only from the Church, but also those in the close-knit community. Working with the Globe's deputy managing editor, Ben Bradlee, Jr. (JOHN SLATTERY), the Spotlight team starts digging into the story.

That includes trying to get info from lawyer Eric MacLeish (BILLY CRUDUP) who's already privately settled various such cases but obviously is reluctant to talk about any, while Michael eventually convinces Mitchell to arrange interviews with other victims including Patrick McSorley (JIMMY LeBLANC) and Joe Crowley (MICHAEL CYRIL CREIGHTON).

At the same time, Robby runs into resistance from his friend Jim Sullivan (JAMEY SHERIDAN) who serves as a lawyer for the Church, as well as the likes of Peter Conley (PAUL GUILFOYLE) who try to convince the editor that it would be best if the investigation didn't continue. As the team uncovers more victims and evidence of a system of cover-ups, they must contend with the Church trying to stop them, all while they want to expose far more than just the priests or even Cardinal Law.

Those who are into journalism or are fans of anyone in the cast might be interested.
For some language including sexual references.

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