Reporters live for stories like one told in Spotlight.  The multi-Oscar nominated film tells the tale of the reporters behind breaking the Sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

It stars Michael Keaton as Walter “Robby” Robinson the leader of the investigative unit “Spotlight” at the Boston Globe.  A new editor-in-chief Marty Barron (Liev Schreiber) arrives to take a retiring Reporter’s spot.  At the first meeting he pitches a follow-up story on the Geoghan case about a priest who abuses kids.  He ends up giving it to the Spotlight team to dig into it.

The team spends a full year uncovering a huge sex abuse scandal that reaches as high as Cardinal Thomas Law, and ends up spanning the globe.  It demonstrates a good investigative story like this is built over time, and is often the result of pulling at threads and ignoring those around you.

Spotlight doesn’t  pull any punches.  And it doesn’t get sidetracked pulling viewers into character background stories.  We know that Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) lives with her elderly grandmother and sometimes goes to church with her.  Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) is having problems with his marriage.  The narrow focus on breaking the story speeds up the pace.

Rating: 10/10.  This movie is an important reminder that facts, and interviews matter as much as the flashy headline or the two minute video clip.  Journalism can often be boring but when you pull back, and look at the bigger picture it’s worth it.

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