Good old-fashioned journalism drama about the four Boston Globe reporters who in early 2002 broke the story about widespread pedophilia and conspiracy in the Catholic church, opening the public's eyes to one of the biggest scandals in recent history. McCarthy, a sometime actor who's made a bigger name for himself as a director of thoughtful, adult-oriented indies like The Station Agent and… read more!
Movies Directed by Tom McCarthy (in alphabetical order)
A Nice Little Indie Film, which is a rare thing these days (as always). I saw this at Sundance in January 2003 and was glad I did; it was the one true "Sundance experience" I had, where a sweet little movie with no stars and no budget but great writing and delicate direction receives standing ovations and audience awards. Though… read more!
Matt Damon plays against type as a laconic Oklahoma roughneck named Bill Baker, whose daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin, proving herself very capable of holding her own in a grownup film) has been jailed in Marseille, France after being found guilty of the murder of her Arab girlfriend. The Amanda Knox allusions are unavoidable, but Stillwater – which takes its name… read more!
Writer/director (and sometimes actor) McCarthy's third feature, after indie hits The Station Agent and The Visitor, is another mild-mannered dramedy about unexpected friendships. Paul Giamatti stars as Mike, a down-on-his-luck New Jersey lawyer whose business is struggling almost as much as the high school wrestling team he coaches. After he makes a shady decision to become the "guardian" of a… read more!