Thursday, December 03, 2015
The ‘70s brought us ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and now we have ALL THE CARDINAL'S MEN. Writer/director Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer artfully tell the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the major scandal involving child molestation and the Catholic Church. I don’t think they’ll be selling SPOTLIGHT T-shirts and coffee mugs at the Vatican gift shop.
It has always been a comfort that we had investigative journalists courageously fighting bureaucracy to uncover scandals like this or Watergate. The Washington Post essentially brought down the President of the United States (and once again, THANK YOU). The Fourth Estate has served as our national watchdogs.
But what about the future?
It’s strange to think that SPOTLIGHT felt like a period piece even though it was set in 2001 and 2002. I found myself nostalgic for the days when newsrooms weren’t deserted.
SPOTLIGHT delivers on all fronts. For my money, it’s the best movie of the year. Check your local paper for showtimes… assuming you still get a local paper.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM