David Strathairn

A 'Spotlight' on how films about the Catholic Church went from praise to judgment day

A 'Spotlight' on how films about the Catholic Church went from praise to judgment day

Sadistic nuns. Pedophile priests. Criminal coverups within the Roman Catholic Church. It seems Catholicism can't win at the multiplex these days. In based-on-fact films such as 2013's "Philomena," 2002's "The Magdalene Sisters," last year's "Jimmy's Hall" and the don't-take-it-too-seriously "The Da Vinci Code" from 2006, the Catholic Church comes off as a totalitarian institution sucking the joy out of its parishioners, willing to resort to murder to hide its secrets.

This year, a new film takes the church to task. "Spotlight," from Open Road Films and starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber and Rachel McAdams, tells...

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