Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 8, 2015 7:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 8, 2015 7:15 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Focus: Lit Flix
Opening Night
Running Time:128 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Tom McCarthy
Producer:Michael Sugar
Steve Golin
Nicole Rocklin
Blye Faust
Screenwriter:Josh Singer
Tom McCarthy
Cinematographer:Masanobu Takayanagi
Editor:Tom McArdle
Cast:Mark Ruffalo
Michael Keaton
Rachel McAdams
Liev Schreiber
John Slattery
Stanley Tucci
Print Source:Open Road Films
Note Writer:Joanne Parsont



Director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, MVFF 2003) and an impeccable ensemble cast recreate the true events of 2001, when The Boston Globe broke open the massive child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdioceseand the shocking Church cover-up that kept it a dirty secret for decades. Spurred by the paper’s new (and first Jewish) editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton) leads a crack team of investigative journalists (Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Brian d’Arcy James), who uncover a story of corruption and betrayal beyond their wildest imaginations. In a Church-dominated town, where parishioners equate their priests with God, their investigation is tantamount to blasphemy, and the Church will do everything in its power (of which it has plenty) to stop it in its tracks. Spotlight is a riveting, heart-wrenching drama that reminds us how the pen truly can be mightier than the sword. It is the All the President’s Men of our generation.

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Tom McCarthy was known primarily as a busy working actor until his directorial debut, The Station Agent (MVFF 2003), won the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance. The film was also awarded the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for $500,000 or less). McCarthy’s next film, The Visitor (2007), won the Independent Spirit award for Best Direction and was nominated for an Image Award, a Gotham Award, and a David di Donatello Award. He also shared story credit with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson on Pixar’s Up (2009), for which he received an Oscar nomination. As an actor, McCarthy made his screen debut in Crossing the Bridge (1992), and has appeared in numerous films including Meet the Parents (2000), Syriana (2005), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), All the King’s Men (2006), Year of the Dog (2007), Duplicity (2009), and The Lovely Bones (2009). He was featured in the final season of HBO’s The Wire, and several other television shows, including a series regular role on Boston Public. McCarthy wrote and directed Win Win (2011), starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, and The Cobbler (2014), starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman.