Biography, HistoryDrama

Director: Tom McCarthy Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Elena Wohl, Gene Amoroso, Doug Murray, Sharon McFarlane, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff, Billy Crudup, Robert B. Kennedy, Duane Murray, Brian Chamberlain, Michael Cyril Creighton, Paul Guilfoyle, Michael Countryman, Tim Whalen, Richard O’Rourke, Len Cariou, Dennis Lynch

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Ruffalo); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel McAdams); Best Director (Tom McCarthy); Best Original Screenplay (Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy); Best Film Editing

Synopsis: 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.

Quotables: PETER: They say it’s just physical abuse but it’s more than that; this was spiritual abuse.

A Word from the Guise: In a year full of pretentious, artsy-fartsy fodder, Spotlight is a breath of fresh air and a very important film. The entire cast gave incredible performances, especially Mark Ruffalo (whom I love in everything).

It makes me so angry to think that this is a true story, that there were not only hundreds of men who used their religious station to prey upon children, but that there were entire communities of people who knew and just let it happen. And why? Because they didn’t want to stir up controversy. Never mind all the innocent children that could have been saved and vindicated. None of that matters, apparently, when the alternative is exposing the contemptible acts of religious establishment. Think of what that would do to the people’s faith! It’s disgusting. Parents, police, teachers, priests, we’re meant to protect children, not manipulate their trust and abuse them.