Matt Carroll

What 'Spotlight' respects about the church-scandal-breaking journalists and the actors who play them

What 'Spotlight' respects about the church-scandal-breaking journalists and the actors who play them

The closing credits scroll had ended, the lights were up at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, and "Spotlight" co-writer and director Tom McCarthy was introducing the actors — Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams, among them — who brought to life the movie's story of the Boston Globe's painstaking investigation into a pedophilia scandal within the Catholic Church. The audience cheered and then rose to its feet when McCarthy brought the real-life journalists on stage, leading to a moment that the filmmaker described later as gratifying but a bit awkward.

"They didn't know what to do," McCarthy said of the...

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