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Johnny Depp portrays James "Whitey" Bulger in the movie "Black Mass." (Courtesy, Warner Bros. Entertainment)
Johnny Depp portrays James "Whitey" Bulger in the movie "Black Mass." (Courtesy, Warner Bros. Entertainment)
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Two major scandals in Massachusetts are the subject of two new films: "Black Mass" and "Spotlight" debuted at the Venice Film Festival this week.

"Black Mass" tells the story of convicted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, and "Spotlight" examines The Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal.

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David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter. He tweets @davidboeri.

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The ARTery: ‘Spotlight’ Film, On The Boston Globe’s Church Abuse Exposé, Debuts In Venice

  • "The movie is set in late 2001 as investigative reporters for The Boston Globe secretly work to uncover the crimes of former priest John Geoghan — and soon find a much larger scandal."

This segment aired on September 4, 2015.

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