Thomas McCarthy

‘Spotlight’ Review: A Great Journalism Movie and a Surefire Oscar Contender

by Matt Singer September 15, 2015 @ 8:29 AM
Open Road
Spotlight is a story about the way things used to be done; a model of journalism in which a reporter might publish one article a year rather than one article a day (or, God help us, an hour). It follows the “Spotlight” unit of The Boston Globe, a four-person team of reporters who investigate big stories for as long as they need. In 2001, Martin Baron (Liev Schreiber) became the new editor of the Globe, and assigned the Spotlight writers the case of a Catholic priest accused of molesting numerous children. But rather than simply cover that one story, the Spotlight staff dug deeper into the Catholic Church’s history of hiding such crimes by moving priests from one place to another. Their work exposed systemic abuse stretching back decades and ultimately won a Pulitzer Prize… but wasn’t published until 2002.

Adam Sandler Hits TIFF 2014 with 'The Cobbler' (Which Is Terrible)

by Mike Ryan September 7, 2014 @ 3:54 PM
I am fascinated by Adam Sandler’s career. More specifically, I’m fascinated by Sandler when he decides to challenge himself with more “serious” roles, or at least work with directors that aren’t Dennis Dugan. Sandler has two movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The first is Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women and Children,’ in which Sandler gives what is the most understated performance of his career. The second is Thomas McCarthy’s ‘The Cobbler,’ which is bone-headedly awful.

Jon Hamm Steps Out of the Office for 'Million Dollar Arm'

by Damon Houx May 9, 2012 @ 7:44 PM
AP Photo/AMC Frank Ockenfels
Though Jon Hamm will probably always be 'Mad Men's' Don Draper to some audiences, he's shown a talent for comedy and is a great actor, period. He's just signed up for the Disney picture 'Million Dollar Arm' where he'll play sports agent J.B. Bernstein in the true story of man who went to India to find baseball pitchers.