Films are on Sundays, 5:00 pm
Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd.
Sun., May 1: SPOTLIGHT – This Academy Award winner for Best Picture shines its light on the early 2000s, before newspapers scaled back on long-term investigative journalism projects.
The real-life events earned the Boston Globe a Pulitzer Prize and are portrayed with a gritty and thorough honesty.
The project revealed that the Catholic Diocese of Boston had covered up the molestation of more than 80 boys over several decades. Liev Schreiber stars as Globe editor-in-chief Marty Baron, who unleashes Walter “Robby” Robinson’s (Michael Keaton) crack Spotlight team, including standouts Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo.
Interviews with the now-adult molestation victims bring us into their shattered lives and we witness the courage it takes to speak out against the Catholic Church and the legal and political institutions that provided cover for the abusers. These earnest journalists give us a well-sketched procedural into their old-school, shoe-leather reporting.
A.O. Scott of the New York Times called it “a gripping detective story and a superlative drama.”
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