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At Venice fest, 'Spotlight' exposes sex abuse by priests

Thomas McCarthy wants Pope Francis to go to the movies. Specifically, the American director would like the pontiff to see his new film "Spotlight," a fact-based expose of sexual abuse by priests and its cover-up by the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Boston. The movie, which stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as Boston Globe reporters and Stanley Tucci as a campaigning lawyer, premieres Thursday at the Venice Film Festival. McCarthy said he was excited and apprehensive about holding the film's public debut in overwhelmingly Catholic Italy — though he doesn't expect to be getting rave reviews from the church. "I expect no reaction" from...